Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15, 2010
10:15 hrs to 14:23 hrs, Male', Maldives
The solar eclipse of January 15, 2010 was an annular eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 0.9190. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth's view of the Sun. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun's light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide. This is the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium, and the longest until December 23, 3043, with a maximum length of 11 mins and 7.8 seconds. (The solar eclipse of January 4, 1992 was longer, at 11 minutes, 41 seconds, occurring in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.). It was visible as only partial eclipse in much of Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was seen as annular within a narrow stretch of 300 km (190 mi) width across Central Africa, tMaldives, South Kerala (India), South Tamil Nadu (India), North Sri Lanka, parts of Myanmar and parts of China.
The eclipse started at the Central African Republic, traverses Cameroon, DR Congo and Uganda, passes through Nairobi, Kenya, entered the Indian Ocean and reached its greatest eclipse. After that it entered Maldives, where it was the longest on land with 10.8 minutes of viewing. This made Maldives the best spot for viewing this eclipse from land. The annular eclipse at Male', the capital city of Maldives, started at 12:20:20 hrs and ended 12:30:06 hrs Maldives local time (UTC+5). This was also the longest duration of any city having an international airport in the eclipse track.