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A total solar eclipse on 2016 March, 9

A total solar eclipse on 2016, March, 9 occurred in Indonesia. Unfortunately, the eclipse is visible only as a partial eclipse from Tuban, East Java, Indonesia. Accordingly, the occultation in Tuban was 85% at maximum. That’s enough to still turn the day into twilight and to get a great experience of a total solar eclipse.

In fact, the eclipse starts in East Indonesia at sunrise over Sumatra. The end was at sunset north of the Hawaiian Islands. However, the last eclipse I could watch was from Khartoum, Sudan. It was the annular solar eclipse on January 15, 2010.

The shaded area began in the West Indian Ocean and ends in the North Pacific finally. When in the west the day began, the day in the east was already over and it became night.

Almost all islands of Indonesia like Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi will experience the totality on this day. A few islands in Micronesia will experience the totality on this day as well. So far, on Java Island and the rest of Southeast Asia, Malaysia and Japan will experience a partial solar eclipse only. Moreover, most of Australia, Hawaii, and western Alaska will experience a partial solar eclipse as well.

Fortunately, on 2016 March, 9 was a holiday in Indonesia. So, Indonesia could follow the occurrence on an off day. The eclipse occurred in the morning time. I worried about a clear sky and a good view. Because in March the rainy season in East Java is not yet over and the weather prediction wasn’t good. Indeed, I hope to have a lot of luck with the weather on this day.

The sky becomes cloudy

The sunrise started in a clear and unclouded sky. Slowly but surely, the moon moved in front of the sun. Until the maximum occultation, the daylight changed like during sunset. While the day turned to night, the birds stopped chirping during the twilight time. Later on, the daylight changed again but now like during a sunrise. Unfortunately, in the last 40 minutes of the eclipse, the sky becomes quickly cloudy and the view unsettled. Overall an exciting moment definitively, with a spectacular eclipse.


Total solar eclipse on 2016 March, 9

Common information (Time = UT):

Maximum phase: 1.046

The beginning of the partial eclipse: 23h 19m 6s
The beginning of the total eclipse: 0h 15m 41s
Maximum phase: 1h 56m 57s
Ending of the total eclipse: 3h 38m 8s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 4h 34m 39s

Maximum eclipse:
Longitude: 148° 51.6′ E;  Latitude: 10° 6.6′ N

ET-UT = +8

Local circumstances (Time = UT + 7.0h):

Partial
9. March 2016 AD
Maximum phase: 0.875

The beginning of the partial eclipse: 6h 20m 53s
Maximum phase: 7h 25m 9s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 8h 38m 35s

Position angles:
The beginning of the partial eclipse: 260.1°
Ending of the partial eclipse: 60.7°

Annular solar eclipse on 2010 January, 15

An annular solar eclipse on 2010 January, 15 occurred in Africa. However, the eclipse is visible only as a partial eclipse from Khartoum the capital of Sudan. The eclipse starts early morning and ends at noon. It is the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium and the longest until December 23, 3043.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers the Sun’s center but leaving the Sun’s outer edges visible. The result is a “ring of fire” or an annulus around the Moon.

All in all, the maximum length of the annular solar eclipse is 11 minutes and 7.8 seconds. This time only applies to the centre of the path. Unfortunately, my location is too much north. Therefore, the eclipse will not appear as a annualr eclipse.

In fact, the annular solar eclipse starts in Central Africa in Chad. The eclipse stretched up over the Indian Ocean crossed the Maldives and reached India. Finally, the annular solar eclipse ends in the north of China. However, the eclipse is visible as a partial eclipse only. But over a large area across Africa, the Indian Ocean and South Asia.

In my location in Khartoum, I can only experience a partial eclipse. Accordingly, the occultation in Khartoum is 45% in maximum only.

A perfect sky

My viewpoint is not the best of all or most favorable because of the river Nile. The Nile flows between our location and the point where the sun comes up. That’s why a lot of humidity above the Nile makes the view misty and blurred.

I’m really worried about the view. But I’m lucky because after sunrise the mist and fog disappeared quickly and the sky cleared up. So far during the partial eclipse, the sky was cloudless and the eclipse was visible excellent. That was the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium.

I tried to capture some pictures with simple tools. Because I had no tripod so I took the picture right out of my hands.  The 300 mm telelens I used is a bit of short. I didn’t get the sun big enough to the sensor as I wish. So far, the images are good but not perfect. Finally, a wonderful partial solar eclipse was visible in Khartoum and gave me a great experience.

 


Annular solar eclipse  on 2010 January, 15

Common information (Time = UT):

Maximum phase: 0.920

The beginning of the partial eclipse: 4h 5m 16s
The beginning of the total eclipse: 5h 13m 45s
Maximum phase: 7h 6m 21s
Ending of the total eclipse: 8h 58m 50s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 10h 7m 20s

Maximum eclipse:
Longitude: 69° 20.9′ E;  Latitude: 1° 37.2′ N

ET-UT = +75.0s

Local circumstances (Time = UT + 2.0h):

Partial (Is not visible completely.)
15 Jan 2010 AD
Maximum phase: 0.585

The beginning of the partial eclipse: –
Maximum phase: 7h 35m 18s
Ending of the partial eclipse: 9h 8m 50s

Position angles:
The beginning of the partial eclipse: –
Ending of the partial eclipse: 101.6°