Beautiful Photos of 2009 Solar Eclipse “Ring” Seen Over South East Asia

| January 28, 2009


The rare event of solar eclipse had happened at Southeast Asia region, on which the dark disk of the moon creeps across the setting sun. Only people viewing from the southern Indian Ocean were among the few to see the full annular eclipse, so called because at its peak the eclipse is surrounded by an annulus, or ring, of fiery light.


A fantastic sequence of photos above shows the moon passing between Earth and the sun before, during, and after an annular eclipse, as seen on January 26, 2009, from Bandar Lampung in Indonesia. The path of the full annular eclipse crossed mostly open ocean in the southern part of the globe, starting about 560 miles (900 kilometers) south of Africa and not reaching land until it crossed Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. However, observers in southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and Southeast Asia were able to watch a partial eclipse.


Astronomer Jay Pasachoff used a specially equipped camera to capture images of the January 26, 2009, annular eclipse from the Indonesian island of Java. Practicing photography techniques and for getting the public excited about astronomy is significant for him as he added later.


The image of haze blurs the bright ring around an annular eclipse on January 26, 2009 was captured from Anyer Beach on the Indonesian island of Java, one of the few places where the solar eclipse was completely visible. Crowds gathered across Indonesia to witness the event, some cheering and banging drums as the moon seemed to cross the face of the sun.



These two magnificient photos were taken from Malaysia. The clouds seems to fold during the eclipse and the color reacts accordingly. The picture has been taken from one of the busiest highway in the nation.

Pictures and Info Sources: National Geographic Photos, Thestar Online and Berita Harian Online.

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Category: Arts and Culture, South East Asia

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  4. Eric Lim says:

    The Sun took a Special Rest & Your Plan B Scenario

    The Sun took a special rest on 22nd July 2009. The total sun eclipse was the longest duration during the 21st century, not to be surpassed until June 2132. It lasted a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds off the coast of Southeast Asia, causing tourist interest in eastern China, India and Nepal.

    This is an excellent occasion for us to reflect on the importance of getting better understanding and appreciation of the role of the Sun in our life — it is the ultimate source of all energies available on Mother Earth. For example, petroleum and natural gas are just fossilized sun-light. All foods are stored sun-light. All hydro-electric dams are driven by rain-falls caused by sun-light. So are solar power panels, solar heaters etc. In fact, everything on Mother Earth is powered by the Sun or its kinds.

    SOHO (Solar Heliospheric Observatory) ( ) is similarly a good source to refer to.

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  5. It was a fine show of photos. It helps one to understand the eclipse took place on July 22, 2009. I was fortunate that the total eclipse path started from Surat (my city), India, but was equally disappointed as our sky was full of clouds. We felt only the darkness when it took place. But television and now sites like this are helping me and my students to have the knowledge and thrill of Total Solar Eclipse. Thanks.

  6. I have witnessed this very rare event and I was very amazed with it!

  7. Amazing photos, but i am on my job when that happens and i cant see it actually but by the way the image are rarely amazing.

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  11. Total solar eclipse was visible.The spectacle!

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