This year sees a rare annular eclipse of the sun on January 15th, 2010. It is believed that this one will be the longest Solar eclipse of the 21st Century......
The eclipse follows a path across the Indian Ocean. The best place to view the eclipse is from the Maldive Islands where the eclipse reaches totality from 07:20 to 07:30 UTC (12:20 - 12:30 local time).
I couldn't make the journey to the Maldive Islands myself but I do know of observers that will be in the region and will hopefully have some piccy's for the website.
Totality lasts for more than 10 mins at the Islands making this a great eclipse to observe.
Eclipses are relatively rare and not always visible fully from land due to the track not hitting land, or due to weather conditions. A total eclipse allows observers to view the Sun's corona with the sun itself completely blocked. During an annular eclipse there is a bright ring of sunlight around the moon, as it does not fully cover the Sun's disc.
If you see this eclipse first hand, please feel free to comment at the bottom of the page.
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