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The First Annular Solar Eclipse of 2009 on January 26th

The first solar eclipse of 2009 occurs on January 26th 2009. This eclipse is termed as annular eclipse as it forms a ring shape. The annular eclipse will be visible from a wide track that traverses the Indian Ocean and western Indonesia. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much larger path of the Moon’s shadow, which includes the southern third of Africa, Madagascar, Australia except Tasmania, southeast India, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Annular solar eclipsePenumbral lunar eclipse

This is the 50th eclipse of Saros 131. The Saros cycle is an eclipse cycle with a period of about 18 years 11 days 8 hours (approximately 6585⅓ days) that can be used to predict eclipses of the Sun and Moon. The first annular eclipse of Saros 131 occurred on 1720 Aug 04.  This eclipse will be visible from Bangalore, Calcutta and Chennai in India and many other Southeast Asian countries and will last for almost 1.30 hours.

Apart from this, there would be 4 lunar eclipses and a total solar eclipse in 2009 and the details are given in the table below.

Eclipse Name Date of visibility
Lunar Eclipse Feb 09 2009
Lunar Eclipse July 07 2009
total Solar Eclipse July 22 2009
Lunar Eclipse August 06 2009
Partial Lunar Eclipse December 31 2009

Source : NASA

132 Comments on The First Annular Solar Eclipse of 2009 on January 26th

  1. Suganya
    January 26, 2009 at 12:48 am (11 years ago)

    @ridafi ,@Syed
    Here are the equivalent Dubai timings when the eclipse happens in India

    The eclipse will be visible from Bangalore between 1.03 pm and 1:47 pm, Calcutta between 1:31 pm and 2:00 pm and Chennai between 12:59 pm and 1:49 pm. The eclipse will be at its peak between 1.47 pm and 2.00 pm
    (Indian timings converted to Dubai timings)

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  2. Suganya
    January 26, 2009 at 12:39 am (11 years ago)

    Regarding the effects on pregnant ladies when exposed to eclipse,I would say it purely depends on the induviduals thoughts and belief. I could see this question in two different angles.Lets analyse it now.

    In India,it was considered that there were many great Rishis and saints who, with their mental powers have observed the ill effects of both eclipses on pregnant ladies and so barred exposure to the rays during that time.This is not superstitious.But if you ask me whether we can believe this information, I would not directly say “yes” as this is not a proven fact and we dont have any evidence for the same.For that matter,we dont even know if Rishis lived in those days.

    Secondly, I would see the same question scientifically.In Mexico, it was believed that exposing the pregnant lady to an eclipse caused cleft-lip. That myth has been scientifically disproved in Mexico. You can find those evidences over the net.

    I am also quoting from another article

    ‘There are many old wives’ tales, which attribute birth defects to various causes. Birth defects are NOT caused by eclipses, sewing during pregnancy, riding in autorickshaws, sleeping in any particular position or eating some foods’.

    Also this was published in one of the artilces in “The Hindu” dated 18/02/2006. Here is the link for you.

    Now I am leaving it to the reader to take a decision. :-)

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  3. anamika
    January 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m 3 month’s pregnant & based at Mumbai, India. Is there any effect of solar eclipse on pregnant woman. Is the solar eclipse taking place in MUMBAI? Do pregnant have to take care?

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  4. Aamir
    January 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm (11 years ago)

    Hello
    Please let me know what time the solar eclipse will take place in Karachi, Pakistan?

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  5. anamika
    January 25, 2009 at 11:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi! What was the time of solar eclipse on 26th jan 2009 in india?
    will this be seen from mumbai also?

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  6. Suganya
    January 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm (11 years ago)

    Syed, unfortunately none of the eclipse in 2009 happens completely in middle east except one on decemeber 31st 2009 which will be visible primarily from the eastern hemisphere. Apart from this, there are two more eclipse which will be partially visible in middle east which are on August 6th 2009 and February 9th 2009.
    All these are lunar eclipse.

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  7. IQBAL
    January 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm (11 years ago)

    Please let meknow what time the solar eclipse will take place in the U.A.E and if it will be visible here or no. Do pregnant women in U.A.E have to be careful too?
    thanks

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  8. Simon
    January 25, 2009 at 8:06 pm (11 years ago)

    My wife is pregnant, Is there any effect of solar eclipse on pregnant woman. Is the solar eclipse taking place in UAE? Do pregnant have to take care?

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  9. syed
    January 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm (11 years ago)

    what are the equivalent timings in dubai when solar eclipse occurs in india on 26 of january plz help us out

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  10. ridafi
    January 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm (11 years ago)

    what are the equivalent timings in dubai when solar eclipse occurs in india on 26 of january plz help us out

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  11. azhar ali
    January 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm (11 years ago)

    give me some detail of the countries through which eclipse will be observered

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  12. Vathsan.R
    January 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm (11 years ago)

    is the solar eclipse in Jan-09 visible in Uganda

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  13. ridafi
    January 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm (11 years ago)

    What is the equivalent time in Dubai when the solar eclipse happens in India we checked out with dubai astronomy but that site is not opening

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  14. ridafi
    January 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm (11 years ago)

    What is the equivalent time in Dubai when the eclipse happens in India

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  15. ridafi
    January 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm (11 years ago)

    What is the equivalent time in Dubai when the eclipse happens in India as it is said that it is not visible in dubai

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  16. hitesh
    January 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm (11 years ago)

    this eclipse will effect to retail market also..what you think??

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  17. hitesh
    January 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm (11 years ago)

    hi kishor

    this eclipse will not see in middle east

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  18. Rudrang
    January 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Krishna, It’s visible in Kuwait? (The Annular solar eclipse)

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  19. linda
    January 25, 2009 at 4:05 pm (11 years ago)

    i need to know from when does it start and when does it end in dubai.

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  20. julia
    January 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm (11 years ago)

    I am on my 7 month pregancy. i would like to know the timing of eclipse in dubai so that i can take care of my baby

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  21. Pardeep
    January 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm (11 years ago)

    aT WHAT time this eclipse can be seen in sydney. australia

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  22. Pardeep
    January 25, 2009 at 2:18 pm (11 years ago)

    At what time this eclipse can be seen from sydney, australia

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  23. ravikishore
    January 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm (11 years ago)

    Is this eclipse visible in middle east, if visible pls let me know the aprox timings in Abu Dhabi

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  24. Mariya
    January 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm (11 years ago)

    can anyone please tell me whether there is eclipse in kuwait?
    if yes,then please specify the time.

    mail me :coolmaria84@hotmail.com

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  25. Altaf
    January 25, 2009 at 2:04 pm (11 years ago)

    Wat is timing in mumbai town side?

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  26. Malyadri
    January 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm (11 years ago)

    Will the eclipse on 26th January 2009 be visible in Delhi? If yes, what are start and end timings of the eclipse?

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  27. kishore
    January 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm (11 years ago)

    Is this eclipse visible in middle east, if visible pls let me know the aprox timings in dubai

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  28. Ankit
    January 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm (11 years ago)

    I see there are quite a few people from dubai interested in astronomy in this post… hi.. i a am member of Dubai Astronomy group.. mail me at ankit001@hotmail.com if your interested to go out for start gazing trips get in touch with me…

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  29. ZAKIYA,DUBAI
    January 25, 2009 at 12:41 am (11 years ago)

    Is there any effect of solar eclipse on pregnant woman, if any what care can be taken

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  30. lovely
    January 25, 2009 at 12:04 am (11 years ago)

    how about in philippines?can it be seen?if yes, maybe at what time?

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    • Suganya
      January 25, 2009 at 1:48 am (11 years ago)

      Yes in Philippines, its visible in Manila and Quezon City at 4.55 pm

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  31. md mohideen
    January 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm (11 years ago)

    hi krishna where from u got the data

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  32. Anuradha
    January 24, 2009 at 10:02 pm (11 years ago)

    soo sad…..dat it cannot b’ seen frm uae

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  33. satish
    January 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm (11 years ago)

    what is the time for solar eclipse of 26-01-2009 in dubai

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    • Suganya
      January 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm (11 years ago)

      The eclipse is not visible in Dubai. Please confirm if you are asking for the equivalent time in Dubai when the eclipse happens in India

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  34. ruchika
    January 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm (11 years ago)

    what is the time for first solar eclipse 2009 in united arab emirates is this same time in all emirates

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  35. kumar ahmedabad
    January 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm (11 years ago)

    hi krish…, do i understand that in ahmedabad the solar eclipse is not visible at all?

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    • Suganya
      January 24, 2009 at 10:47 pm (11 years ago)

      Yes Kumar, It will not be visible in ahmedabad.

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  36. syed
    January 24, 2009 at 11:45 am (11 years ago)

    what are the dates for all eclipse in middle east in 2009 .

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  37. pooja
    January 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm (11 years ago)

    any idea wat time eclipse will be seen in hongkong and china

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  38. krishna
    January 23, 2009 at 10:48 am (11 years ago)

    @ riya….
    we can not see the solor eclipse from gujarat…it will be seen from south states and calcutta…..

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  39. riya
    January 23, 2009 at 1:16 am (11 years ago)

    Can solar eclipse of 26th Jan 2009 be seen from Ahmedabad(Gujarat)?At what time it can be seen?

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  40. Priyaa
    January 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm (11 years ago)

    i wish to know the span of solar eclipse of 26th january in uae,

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  41. krishna
    January 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi! Smitha…as per Suganya’s….
    The eclipse will be visible from Bangalore between 2.33 pm and 03:17 pm, Calcutta between 3:01 pm and 03:30 pm and Chennai between 2:29 pm and 3:19 pm. The eclipse will be at its peak between 3.17 pm and 3.30 pm in India.

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  42. Smitha
    January 22, 2009 at 7:50 am (11 years ago)

    I want to know the exact time span for the solar eclipse of 26th Jan ’09 in India.

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  43. ruchika
    January 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm (11 years ago)

    what are the correct timings of solar eclipse in dubai

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  44. Suganya
    January 20, 2009 at 11:27 pm (11 years ago)

    I have updated all the time to our local Indian time. As Neha says, the eclipse is visible in the afternoon.

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  45. krishna
    January 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm (11 years ago)

    Thank u to Neha , Suganya and jayashri…
    nut jaya is saying that will start afternoon. which one is right? please conform the timings

    Regards
    Krishna (nimmala_rk@yahoo.com)

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    • Suganya
      January 20, 2009 at 11:31 pm (11 years ago)

      Live images of the eclipse from various parts of southern africa can be seen at EclipseLiveImage

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  46. jayashri
    January 20, 2009 at 11:38 am (11 years ago)

    P. Iyamperumal, Executive Director, B. M. Birla Planetarium in the city says: “At Chennai the eclipse will begin at 2.28 p.m. The greatest phase will be at 3.19 p.m. and it will end at 4.05 p.m.

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  47. Neha
    January 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm (11 years ago)

    It will be observed from Bangalore and chennai in india and not from Pune Krishna

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  48. krishna
    January 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi! What was the time of solar eclipse on 26th jan 2009 in india?
    will this be seen from pune also?

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    • Suganya
      January 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm (11 years ago)

      @Krishna,
      We cannot see the eclipse from Pune.

      The eclipse will be visible from Bangalore between 2.33 pm and 03:17 pm, Calcutta between 3:01 pm and 03:30 pm and Chennai between 2:29 pm and 3:19 pm. The eclipse will be at its peak between 3.17 pm and 3.30 pm in India.

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