Annular solar eclipse on January 15

Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 09:05

Kolkata: An annular eclipse of the sun will occur around noon of January 15 and be visible in Dhanuskodhi near Rameswaram and Pedro point in Sri Lanka before passing over the Bay of Bengal and Myanmar.

The northern limit of the eclipse would briefly touch parts of southeastern India, including Thirunelvelli, Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam, M P Birla Planetarium Director D P Duari said today.

The rest of India would experience a partial eclipse. In Kolkata, the partial eclipse would start at 12.07 hours (IST) and reach the maximum at 13.58 hours when 76 per
cent of the sun would be covered by the moon. The eclipse would end at 1529 hours.

In Delhi, the eclipse would start from 1153 hours and reach its maximum at 1339 hours when 41 per cent of the sun would be obscured.

In Mumbai, the eclipse would begin at 1116 hours and reach the maximum at 1318 hours when 54 per cent of the sun would be covered. It would end at 1504 hours.
An annular solar eclipse had occurred on January 26 last year, but it was partial in India. The next annular solar eclipse would take place on May 20, 2012.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence, the Sun appears as a very bright
ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 09:05

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