2009-11-20

1.15 Solar Eclipse

Those making holiday plans in the Eastern Hemiphere may want to catch the annular solar eclipse that will be visible on 2010 January 15. The path of the moon's shadow will move through central Africa, the Indian Ocean, and a swath of Asia that includes India and China.

An annular solar eclipse, though dramatic, differs from a total solar eclipse. The moon is farther from earth during an annular eclipse. Its shadow does not completely obscure the sun and a ring of light remains. The sun's corona is not easily viewed as it would be during a total eclipse.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible over a much wider area, including Taiwan.

For more information visit the Nasa web page for this event.


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