Don’t forget the partial eclipse on Friday the 15th and the Soutpansberg Astronomy Club’s stargazing evening on Saturday the 16th of January.
ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE 15th JANUARY 2010
The only eclipse visible from Southern Africa in 2010 is the annular eclipse on the morning of January the 15th. A 19% partial eclipse is predicted for Musina, while Louis Trichardt will be slightly less.
The 300 km wide track starts in central Africa at 05:14 UT, the path of the Moon’s shadow passes through African countries on or near the equator such as (Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia). For the next two hours, the antumbra crosses the Indian Ocean, its course slowly curving from east-southeast to northeast. The instant of greatest eclipse occurs at 07:06:33 UT when the eclipse magnitude will reach 0.9190. At this instant, the duration of annularity is 11 minutes 8 seconds, the path width is 333 kilometres and the Sun is 66° above the flat horizon formed by the open ocean.
Such a long annular duration will not be exceeded for over 1000 years (3043 Dec 23).
The shadow carries on towards The Maldives, the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka, Burma and into China crossing the Himalayas before leaving the Earth surface at the Shandong Peninsula at 08:59 UT.
Mid eclipse on the 26th Jan 2009, 25% cover as seen from Louis Trichardt, S.Africa.
Times below are SAST of the partial eclipse on the 15th Jan. 2010 for the locations below in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
|Magnitude of Eclipse||START & END ALTITUDE & AZIMUTH|
|12º 8´ / 107.8º
38.6º / 99.2º
12.2º / 108.1º
39.1º / 99.7º
13.2º / 107.5º
37.7º / 98.9º
13.6º / 107.4º
39.2º / 98.7º
Eclipse calculations above are by Fred Espenakhttp at: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2010Jan15Agoogle.html
|WARNING: Never look at the Sun without proper protection. PERMANENT BLINDNESS can result from the shortest look through binoculars or a telescope.|
Join the SOUTPANSBERG ASTRONOMY CLUB for an evening of stargazing on Saturday the 16th January from sunset onwards. For the keen photographer bring your camera and tripod and come and try your hand at astrophotography, piggy-back your camera on a Meade 10″ or at prime focus if you have a Canon DSLR.
My Thanks to Kos Coronaios