NOTE: This eclipse has already occured. Check out the gallery for pictures. Thank you ALL for the support.

Next 26 January 2009 there will a partial solar eclipse visible from many regions in Indian Ocean Islands, Western Australia and Southern Africa.


The South African Node of the International Year Of Astronomy is preparing a live webcast of the event, with images from many places.


The entire world will be able to enjoy the eclipse.

  • If you live at any of the places where the eclipse will be visible, enjoy the event. Please observe responsible safety precautions and if you can send us photos! (see below)
  • If you are locate outside the eclipse shadow, you can still enjoy the view it thanks to Moonshadow. Or take a look to our gallery of images of people enjoining the event as is occurs.

How to send us your images

We have prepared an automated system for you to post any image related to the eclipse. It is fast easy and free. Send us any image of the eclipse itself, or people enjoining this event. This is how to:

Send an email with the pictures to eclipse@solarastronomy2009.org .

-The subject line of the email will be the Title of the picture(s). Please include the Location.

-The body of the email will be the description.

-Add this to the end of the email: “tag: solarastronomy2009” or any other tag you want.

The email will fly directly in seconds to the Gallery post section of this page. If afterwards you want to edit or delete it, send us an email to: mail@solarastronomy2009.org

You can also send us where are your photos and we will include them on the Gallery, of course!

Note: All material sent will have a default copyright to allow sharing, with mention to the author. If you want a different one, contact us. Details on the license can be found here. It basically means that anyone can use it, but they should mention who made it, so you.




  1. Hi everybody,
    My name is Leo, I am on Tristan da Cunha and I will try to send some pictures from the eclipse tomorrow (89% here), which will happen from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
    Tristan da Cunha is a volcanic island and has the particularity of being the most remoted inhabited island in the world: 270 people are living here, and internet arrived here only 2 years ago!
    The settlement is located in the northern part on the island, and as the mountain is hiding the sunrise in summer, I will have to climb up to the “Base”, which is the mountain surrounding the village. Then, I will start to send pictures on my way back, around 8:30 a.m. from the internet café of the island (which is the only access I can get on the island).
    I wish everybody to enjoy the eclipse tomorrow!

  2. Dear Leo,

    We are really looking froward those pictures!
    Good luck with the observations, clear skies, and thank you for sharing the photos!.


  3. Hi

    My names Csaba Hadhazi,from Hungary Europe.
    Im amateur astronomer.

  4. Just want to say thanks to Leo for giving the delayed feed for the moonshadow page… we almost finished on gough…

  5. Hi Leo and All, Look forward to your pics. Many thanks. Patrick – Portsmouth UK

  6. Hello all,

    Sorry for the delay, it has been a little bit longer than expected to come back from the mountain.
    I will start now to send the pictures; I used a “stenopé” (sorry this is the french name I don’t know if it’s the same in englis) in order to be able to see the eclipse. It is very basic but it was really great!
    I hope you will enjoy.

  7. helo my name is iwan
    saya senang bisa melihat gerhana matahari secara langsung ….
    saya dari indonesia..

  8. Thank you everyone for the pictures.
    They are just amazing!

    (helping +3600 enthusiast worldwide… and counting)

  9. Where can we see a replay of the webcast?

  10. @ Justina : pls browse http://bosscha.itb.ac.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=67&Itemid=103

  11. Please enjoy my full gallery of Annular Solar Eclipse: 26 Jan 2009 captures http://flickr.com/photos/rcindonesia/sets/72157613011228564/

    Some of them already posted.

    That was so amazing!

    Warm regards from Indonesia…

  12. Justina, the feed from Sutherland in South Africa:


  13. I also recommend:

    where you can see the shodow from space every half hour. They will generate an animation which when up I will post here.

  14. my dear leo
    my dear mline
    désolé mais je n’arrive pas à me connecter au serveur spécifié
    j’suis trop nul !

  15. ci-après le message
    opera serait-il mal vu ?

    Vous tentez d’accèder à l’adresse http://astronomy2009.org.za/moonshadow/, actuellement injoignable. Assurez-vous que l’adresse web (URL) est écrite correctement puis tentez de recharger la page.
    Assurez-vous que votre connexion est activée et vérifiez si d’autres applications utilisent la même connexion.

  16. Moonshadow webpage, is experiencing high traffic, and therefore can be difficult to reach.

    Hopefully, it will be back soon.

    If you want to download the gif animation previously posted by rupert, you can do so here (copied from Rupert):

    (Warning: 22 Megas !)

    More version coming soon

  17. great! it was so great,, saya senang sekali bisa ngliat Gerhana ntu Live ! di samping ruma saya!

    yeah,, because my house is in sidoarjo,, east java ! great !

    so, I had just awake from sleep,, then I juzt realized that there would be Annular Solar Eclipse in here.

    especially in Indonesia! Im so lucky,, arent I ?!?!?

    I hope I can see that phenomenon again in indonesia.. ^_^..
    sungguh menakjubkan,, subhanallah..

  18. Sungguh saya takjubb melihatnya.
    benar2 kebesaran Allah..

    maha besar Allah SWT.

    in the name of Allah.

    so gratefull I am..

  19. Subhanallah !
    Allah Maha Besar ..

    baru kali ini saya bisa ngeliat gerhana matahari langsung !

  20. Hi

    Can i submit you some pictures of the solar eclipse taken from Sri Lanka?

  21. Wonderful information!! Will come back again..

  22. As you Know from Nepal you can see the totality of the solar eclipse july 22, one of my friend is making a travel package for the total solar eclipse, if any one interested to come Nepal and want to see the totality form Nepal, Please let us know we will arrange a hotel and other tour package in nominal cost, Please convey this massage to all who are interested to visit Nepal,
    They can contact me for travel and hotel booking

    Jayanta Acharya
    email jayantaacharya@gmail.com

  23. Hi

    I would like to contribute to the collection of images of the solar eclipse on last 22nd.

    Please feel free to let me know how this can be achieved.


  24. waw,,
    so incradeble,,

    thank for your info

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