Annular Solar Eclipse 2010 – Photos

January 15, 2010 12:58 by scibuff

Update 1: Here is a video of the eclipse captured with a miniDV camera.

Witnessing the longest of this millennium annular solar eclipse in Varkala town, Kerala state, South of India - Credit: www.FollowTheRoad.com

Update 2: This is what people in Africa, the Maldives and India saw on Friday as they looked skyward.

This is what people in Africa, the Maldives and India saw on Friday as they looked skyward - Credit: ITN News

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.

The Moon's shadow falling on India and the Bay of Bengal

The Moon's shadow falling on India and the Bay of Bengal during the January 15 annular solar eclipse - Credit: NASA/Aqua - Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

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.

The narrow stretch of 300 km width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala (India), South Tamil Nadu (India), North Sri Lanka, parts of Burma and parts of China from which an annular solar eclipse was observed

The narrow stretch of 300 km width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala (India), South Tamil Nadu (India), North Sri Lanka, parts of Burma and parts of China from which an annular solar eclipse was observed - Credit: NASA/GSFC - F. Espenak

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.

Baily's Beads prior to 2nd contact

Annular Eclipse from a coastal town of Varkala, India. Baily's Beads prior to 2nd contact - Credit: W. van Kerkhoff

Baily's Beads at high resolution, just before 2nd contact

Annular Eclipse from a coastal town of Varkala, India. Baily's Beads at high resolution, just before 2nd contact - Credit: T. Kampschulte

The Ring of Fire is closed, but just barely; it measures a few arc second

The Ring of Fire is closed, but just barely; it measures a few arc seconds only in places in this super-sharp telescopic image - Credit: T. Kampschulte

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.

A series of 36 photos shot from Chennai during the January 15th 2009 Annular Solar Eclipse

A series of 36 photos shot from Chennai during the January 15th 2009 Annular Solar Eclipse. Canon Powershot S3 IS, ISO 60, 72mm, f/7.8, 1/15 sec. Shot in Raw and converted to B&W using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and stitched together using Adobe Photoshop - Credit: Surajram Kumaravel

Partial Eclipse at sunset

Partial Eclipse at sunset - Credit: @dragonsfanatic

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.

The path of the Sun and the Moon on the sky during the annular eclipse

This composition of 26 photos displays the path of the Sun and the Moon on the sky during the annular eclipse - Credit: Sriram Ramani

Photo of partial solar eclipse also showing the Sunspot 1040

Photo of partial solar eclipse also showing the Sunspot 1040 - Credit: a.M.m.a.d.z

For more photos visit the Solarwatch gallery.

Solarwatch Gallery

Solarwatch Gallery

Longest eclipse of the century

July 22, 2009 14:59 by scibuff

If 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, then the past few days definitely qualify as The #1 Week of that year. Not only did we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first footsteps of a man on the Moon and observed an Earth-sized dark stop on Jupiter exactly 15 years after comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 plunged into Jupiter’s southern hemisphere “in a 1 in 15,000 years event”, but early today, countless spectators in East Asia saw another spectacular show of the nature.

The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century (unmatched until Jun 13, 2132), began just off the coast of India at 00:51:16.9 UTC and ended in Polynesia at 04:19:26.5 UTC. At maximum (02:35:21 UTC) about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan, the eclipse lasted stunning 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds. The uninhabited North Iwo Jima island was the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point was Akusekijima, where the eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 26 seconds.

Solar corona from Hangzhou (Tianmu Mountain), China - Photo Credit: jaaron

Solar corona from Hangzhou (Tianmu Mountain), China - Photo Credit: jaaron

Baily's beads - Photo Credit: SAROS 2009

Baily's beads - Photo Credit: SAROS 2009

Diamond Ring at the end of the total eclipse - Photo Credit: Manuel Secher

Diamond Ring at the end of the total eclipse - Photo Credit: Manuel Secher