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January 26, 2009
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Summary: The Year of the Ox began with a solar eclipse. On Monday, Jan. 26th, the same new Moon that marked the Chinese Lunar New Year passed in front of the Sun--dead center--covering 93% of the solar disk. The annular eclipse was visible from a narrow path spanning the Indian Ocean; the sunset end of the path fell across Borneo, Sumatra and Java, where observers saw a fantastic "ring of fire" sink into the sea at the end of the day. [details]

  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Dhani Herdiwijaya,
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
Jan. 26, 2009

It was really a beautiful moment to catch the "ring of god" among the capricious clouds.

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D, ISO 100, 1/4000s, filter, William Optics Refractor 66 mm/f5.9

Jia Hao,
Carita, Banten, Indonesia
Jan. 26, 2009

We observed the eclipse in Carita, Indonesia. The length of annular phase was only 2 minutes 36 seconds. However, we got a partly cloudy sky, and the thickness of clouds at annular phase was just right to make the ring a naked eye view. We literally saw a golden ring hanging there without any filter. At the same time the surroundings were getting really dark and hundreds of swallows were flying panicly above us. The view was just as amazing as a total solar eclipse! The photo was taken using a Nikon D50 at 24mm focal length. The series is not complete due to cloudiness.

Wang Jinglei,
Carita, Banten, Indonesia
Jan. 26, 2009

There are three of us observing the eclipse at Carita, Indonesia. Sky was mostly cloudy during the eclipse, but at the annular phase the cloud was not so thick, thus making proper visual and photographic observation possible.

Photo details: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 300mm focal length. Processed in Photoshop CS2.

TV Smith,
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Jan. 26, 2009
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Kuala Lumpur, 26th January 2009: The sun turns into a crescent as the moon partially eclipsed it at 5:46 pm Malaysian time. I photographed this awesome and rare sight from the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens. The solar eclipse took place from around 4:30 pm and ended at about 6:55 pm.

Photo details: Olympus E-3, ISO 100, f22, 1/8000 sec, 400mm Zuiko lens, handheld

more images: from Chia Peng Han of Macpherson, Singapore;