Millennium's longest annular solar eclipse on January 15

The solar eclipse on January 15 will be seen from the southern tip of the country at Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and neighboring Sri Lanka as the millennium's longest annular solar eclipse will make the sun appear like a 'Ring of Fire' with the moon covering its disc.
During the eclipse nearly 90 percent of the solar disk will be covered by the moon. Sky watchers will be able to view the eclipse inSri Lanka from about 11.11 a. m. to 3.12 p. m. while in India the eclipse will start around 11 a. m. and end around 3:15 p. m.
Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu will be the first place from where the eclipse could be seen, later moving to Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi and further to Kerala and end in Mizoram in the northeast. More than half of the eclipse could be seen from the capital starting at 11.53 a. m. to 15.11 p. m. while people in most part of India will be able to see a partial eclipse.
The annual solar eclipse occurs when the sun and the moon are exactly in line. The moon’s shadow is smaller than the visible disc of the sun. Thus, sun’s rays appear spread out from the outline of the moon making it appear like a Ring of fire.
India witnessed the “Ring of Fire” on Nov 22, 1965 and the next one will not be before June 21, 2020. Duration of 11 minutes 08 seconds makes it the longest annular eclipse of the millennium.

During the year 2010, two solar and two lunar eclipses occur as follows
2010 Jan 15: Annular Solar Eclipse
2010 Jun 26: Partial Lunar Eclipse
2010 Jul 11: Total Solar Eclipse
2010 Dec 21: Total Lunar Eclipse
Predictions for the eclipses are summarized in Figures 1,2,3, and 4. World maps show the regions of visibility for each eclipse. The lunar eclipse diagrams also include the path of the Moon through Earth's shadows.
Contact times for each principal phase are tabulated along with the magnitudes and geocentric coordinates of
the Sun and Moon at greatest eclipse.


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on November 18, 2008
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