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Mumbai: Memories of the 22 July 2009 Total Solar Eclipse are still fresh with those who were lucky (like the author of these lines) to catch it from Robertsganj (near Varanasi) in spite of the monsoon cloud cover all over the country.


The lucky, unlucky ones and many others are now preparing for another major solar eclipse that would be seen from our country. The date is 15 January 2010. This time it would not be a total but rather an annular one. This comes close on the heels of the partial lunar eclipse on the New Year’s Day. Eclipse galore, isn’t it?


The places where only the partial phase would be visible will see something like this with varying degree of obscuration governed by the magnitude of the eclipse. For example, in Mumbai the magnitude is 0.644 which means at the time of the greatest phase 64.4% of the diameter of the Sun would be covered by the Moon. The Sun would look like a “bitten-off-biscuit”.


This is how the Sun would look like during the maximum phase of the annular solar eclipse.


A team comprising three scientists of Nehru Planetarium Mumbai would be camping at Rameshwaram and would capture the event as still images and video. They would also be employing an H-alpha filter which may show some exotic phenomena (like prominences shooting up) from the solar limb at the time of the eclipse.


 The red line is the central line; the annular eclipse will be visible in the area bounded by the two blue lines. The parts of the country north of the upper blue line will witness a partial solar eclipse so also the regions of Sri Lanka south of the lower blue line.

(Map courtesy: Fred Espenak


The annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from southern India on 15 January 2010. People from several important stations in India such as Trvandrum, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Thanjavur, etc. will witness it. Along the central line it will last for almost 10 minutes. The entire eclipse should be seen through safe solar filter or by projection method.


The table below gives the timings for some important stations in India where only the partial phase of the eclipse would be seen.






h    m




h    m





h    m


11  27.2

13  22.3


15  03.5


11  56.7

13  47.5


15  21.0


11  16.5

13  23.5


15  11.1


11  40.5

13  35.7


15  14.0


11  56.6

13  51.2


15  26.1


11  57.5

13  39.4


15  08.5


11  25.4

13  30.5


15  15.2


11  05.7

13  14.9


15  06.0


11  53.2

13  39.1


15  11.0


12  20.6

14  04.8


15 3 1.9


11  29.4

13  32.0


15  15.2


11  45.7

13  34.6


15  09.2


12  07.2

13  57.5


15  29.1


11  57.5

13  46.4


15  19.0


11  07.4

13  15.4


15  06.1


11  16.7

13  18.2


15  04.5


11  39.9

13  37.7


15  17.1


11  59.8

13  44.6


15  14.9


12  04.7

13  53.9


15  25.5


11  18.6

13  20.8


15  06.8


11  55.8

13  50.8


15  26.0


Many Indian amateurs and scientists would be camping near the northern limit of the annularity. Even though the eclipse duration would be quite short in such locations but these are ideal for longer recording of the “edge” phenomena like occurrence of Bailey’s Beads.


Another team of Nehru Planetarium will stay put in Mumbai to show the partial phase of the eclipse to the public that throngs the planetarium in large numbers on such occasions. The solar telescope fixed on the terrace of the planetarium will be used to project a large image of the eclipsed sun on a video screen in the planetarium lobby. In addition a few other smaller telescopes will be put up for safe viewing of the eclipse. There would be entry fee for this.


Dr. Piyush Pandey is Director of Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai.











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