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Earthsky Tonight: January 14, 2010 – Annular eclipse in Africa and Asia on January 15
Posted By Gary Wamsley On January 14, 2010 @ 8:46 am In Earth & Sky | Comments Disabled
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There are at least 2 solar eclipses in every calendar year. A solar eclipse happens when the new moon  passes in front of the sun, blocking out the view of the sun’s disk. If the moon totally covers over the sun, it’s called a total solar eclipse. If the moon partially covers over the sun, it’s a partial solar eclipse.
The first of the year’s two solar eclipses takes place tomorrow (Friday, January 15). But you’ll have to reside on the right place on the Earth’s surface to see the moon pass directly in front of the sun tomorrow. This eclipse will not be a total solar eclipse. Rather, it will be an annular (ring) eclipse, with an annulus of sunshine surrounding the new moon silhouette.
People in central Africa and parts of Asia will see the annular eclipse tomorrow. The long yet narrow annular eclipse path  begins at sunrise in central Africa and ends at sunset in eastern China. Outside the annular eclipse path, people in much of Africa and almost all of Asia will see a partial eclipse.
If you’re in a position where you can watch this eclipse, make sure to use proper eye protection .
Earthsky Tonight – Jan 15 2010
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URLs in this post:
 www.EarthSky.org: http://www.EarthSky.org
 Image: http://www.earthsky.org
 new moon: http://www.earthsky.org/tonightpost/moon-phases/new-moon
 annular eclipse path: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2010Jan15A.GIF
 proper eye protection: http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityCh11.html
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