Composite image of Annular Solar Ecplise 2010 from India

Composite image of Annular Solar Ecplise 2010 from India

Composite image generated by Debasis Sarkar of SWAN –  The telescope used was an Orion 120mm refractor fitted with Nikon D50 on motorized EQ5. Controlled via the Nikon Capture Control V.4 installed on a Dell Inspiron 6000. (Download the huge version 2.7mb) The SWAN group of 13 observed the ASE from Rameswaram, India. The location was rooftop of a Guest house (Govt. Guest House – Olaikuda) facing Sea in East. Sunrise on 15th was not visible due to thick clouds. It started clearing by 9 AM. (3:30 UT) By 11 AM, things were almost cleared with a thin Cyrus layer that persisted almost till C2.


On Friday, January 15th, 2010, India gets the “Ring of Fire” or an Annular Solar Eclipse, one of the best shows of nature. The first one after 1980 and again not before 2019, India is going to witness this exceptionally long duration ASE from a narrow patch.

But which is more important- Indian continent gets Two Solar eclipses in less than one year gap. The first one was a Total Solar Eclipse in July 22nd 2009 and the next is this Annular Solar Eclipse on January 15th 2010.

Last time India had this combination in:

Total Solar Eclipse on December 12th 1871, followed by Annular Solar Eclipse on June 6th, 1872.

The next such combination in India will be in:

Total Solar Eclipse on January 10th, 2168, followed by Annular Solar Eclipse July 5th, 2168. People in North Bengal, Eastern and Northern India will witness the partial phases of January 15th Annular Eclipse but they will miss the most important “Annular Phase”. From a narrow patch of south India, the heavenly sight of “Ring of Fire” or annular phase of the eclipse will be visible.

Last time Siliguri could see this “Ring of Fire” was on November 22nd 1965 and will see it again On February 17th 2064.

An 11-member team of SWAN has prepared itself for past six months to carry out various scientific activities on the Annular Solar Eclipse on January 15th, 2010 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, with a huge cache of instruments.

On that day, we would be stationed in Rameswaram with several gadgets and plans to do a host of work. These include detail photo coverage of eclipse in digital as well as analogue format, observation and study of Bailey’s beads, prominence study, study of Lunar limb profile and study of Lunar librations.

We are honoured to have eminent scientists from international agencies as our guides those who have offered us their expertise and knowledgebase to analyze the data that would be produced from our elaborate Annular Solar eclipse observation camp.

We would earnestly request you to pass this message to your readers/viewers by January 14th, 2010 so that they can get ready on the morning of January 15th to watch the ASE.

wish YOU a great, clear, cloud free, blue sky.

Yours Sincerely
Debasis Sarkar,

NB: For any press enquiry, call Avijit Sinha at 94341-03967

Click here for Annular Solar Eclipse 2010 Timings of North Bengal Region, Sikkim, Kolkata & New Delhi.


ASE 2010 Timings

Please find the timings of ASE 2010 at the link below.

ASE 2010 Timings

Please check the official press release from SWAN on ASE 2010 at the link below.

Press Release ASE 2010

As you are aware of the fact that a small portion of India is going to witness an Annular Solar Eclipse, one of the Nature’s best show, on Friday, January 15th, 2010. We, the Indians, are too fortunate to have two Solar Eclipses in such a short gap within own country boundary. The last one we had was a Total Solar Eclipse on July 22nd, 2009.

A team from SWAN is heading towards Rameswaram, extreme south corner of Indian continent, to study the Annular Solar Eclipse on next January.

To make all aware of the intrinsic facts and techniques for safe viewing of the event through your esteemed media, we, on behalf of SWAN have organized a News Conference at Hotel Sinclairs on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 11.30 am.

 In addition, a brief account of the scientific activities to be carried out by SWAN on the event and our previous experiences, achievements on solar observation, would also be presented at the meet.

Details of our ASE 2010 activities will be available on our official website soon.

SWAN website launch

Its our pleasure to inform you that our website has been officially lauched on 23 Dec 2009 at 12PM IST at Hotel Sinclairs, Siliguri.

Please visit us again…