Update 1: Here is a video of the eclipse captured with a miniDV camera.
Update 2: This is what people in Africa, the Maldives and India saw on Friday as they looked skyward.
Update 3: NASA Earth Observatory posted this photo of India and the Bay or Bengal from space. The shot was taken at 07:15 GMT by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. The shadow spans a north-south distance of about 300 kilometers on the surface, with the darkest part near the mid-point of the span.
After the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century on July 22 last year (the longest until Jun 13, 2132), today’s annular solar eclipse is another record holder. Its duration will be unmatched until December 23, 3043.
The eclipse was visible from within a 300-km-wide track that traversed half of Earth. The path of the Moon’s antumbral shadow began in Africa and passed through Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia. After leaving Africa, the path crossed the Indian Ocean where the maximum duration of annularity reached 11 min 07.8 s.. The central path then continued into Asia through Bangladesh, India, Burma (Myanmar), and China. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes eastern Europe, most of Africa, Asia, and Indonesia.
One of many expeditions that traveled around the world to observed the first annular eclipse of this decade chose a coastal city of Varkala in India as the observation site. Below are a few selected shots from a larger collection of some truly amazing photos.
Many amateurs took beautiful photos with a great variety of equipment ranging from a simple cell phone 2-3 MP to professional cameras. The next image is a mosaic of 36 photos taken during a period of three hours by Surajram Kumaravel.
The photo above depicts a partially eclipsed sun touching the horizon during a sunset from Chatan, Okinawa, Japan. See this flickr photostream for the entire sunset sequence.
For more photos visit the Solarwatch gallery.