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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]

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Jett Aguilar,
Manila, Philippines
Jan. 26, 2009
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It was a breathtaking sight to behold. To see the blood red-orange sky and partially eclipsed sun during a Manila Bay sunset is truly an unforgettable experience.

Photo details: Canon 300D DSLR and a Canon EF-L 100-400 mm IS lens at ISO 100.

Olivier Vandeginste,
Koh Tao, Thailand
Jan. 26, 2009
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After returning from diving I spotted some people watching the sun through several layers of dark glass... I didn't know there was a solar eclipse... but I had time to shoot a few pictures...

Dave Simpson,
Cape Town, South Africa
Jan. 26, 2009
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Solar eclipse 26-09-01. Noticed unusual shadows. All solar images were crecsent-shaped. First, through lace curtains on the kitchen floor. Second, cast by a tree in my garden. Canon A460 digital camera

more images: from Daisy Castaneda of Manila, Philippines; from Chotechai Piyavongsiri of Europa Cafe, Observatory Bangkok, Thailand