Wednesday, January 20, 2010

12,956 Visits & 22,256 Page Views for Eclipse 2010 blog on Annular Eclipse Day

People say statistics could give you a different scope of something, a rather different perspective or a point of view, if you are fond of dealing with numbers. Well Let's check if that's really true. Now I'm posting here the basic statistics data that Google Analytics gave me for the very eclipse day, which was 15th instant.

Well it says 13K visitors to my eclipse 2010 blog in just a single day.. Can you believe it !! OMG !! I have never had so many visitors in a single day for any of my sites, never ever I'm sure it won't be beater soon !!

At a certain time during the eclipse, I also noticed that there were 2,000 + visitors online, Yes simultaneously !!

There were loads of chatting going on, they were watching and sometimes asking us different questions about the webcast, which was paralyzed for a while, due to bandwidth limitations. There were visitors from all over the globe, for this once-in-a-lifetime natural phenomenon, (I believe the webcast paid off their waiting in the end, as we streamed the later sessions of the eclipse without any trouble, you may check the ustream archives to find them)

As you can see the attached image, the majority of the visitors came to this blog from India, then from US and  there was tremendous amount of traffic from Asian countries. Altogether there were 127 countries, from where visitors come to my multilingual eclipse site. (I support 18 languages in this blog, see the header for each language's translation )I think this was the reason that the official streaming site got suspended (due to high traffic and exceeding bandwidth)

Well, literally Google Organic search sent me, 9,798 visitors whereas the total visits from search engines were 10,257 which contributed to the total traffic with a share of 79.17%. The best keyword for my eclipse blog on that day was " solar eclipse 2010  ", which sent 1,509 visits providing 14.71% of mammoth total of 10,257 organic search visits.

The following image can give you an idea about how the traffic has changed dramatically and now got back to it's initial values, This shows the analytics data for last 1 month.
How amazing what an eclipse could do, apart from physical/ observable parameters !!

This is how the traffic was like just few days before the eclipse,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hidden Sunspots of 1st Contact of Annular Solar Eclipse 15th January 2010

You might surely have had a look at the above image, which features the 1st Contact of Annular Solar Eclipse 15th January 2010, However, are you sure that you got the image clearly? Can you see the sunspots there?
Even I didn't notice that at all, till Shehal informed me.It was really a surprise, We didn't mean to catch up sunspots in our Jaffna Eclipse expedition, nor did we plan.

But surprisingly this is what really happened, Eclipse Crew is so proud about this news, and I wanted to inform you all !!

Following is an enhanced photo, from the above one, You can clearly see the sunspots now !!

ANd follwing is from SOHO about the sunspots on the same day (15th January 2010). Credit should go to Prof. Kavan for the image.

If you can go through more photos from Shehal's set you might find some other sunspots as well !! And again here is the link for his set,

And I invite you to visit Shehal @ Kanabona and read his latest and comprehensive post about the annular eclipse 15th January 2010.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to share your stories if you too have spotted sunspots !!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The main Contacts of Annular Eclipse 15th January 2010

The contacts of the eclipses are really important to anyone, interested in eclipses, Especially the contacts are considered as milestones of a whole eclipse. Now I'm posting the contacts that were photographed by our friend Shehal during the eclipse.

He was of great assistance to all of us majorly, throughout the eclipse session, I'm sure you will find his infrared filtered photos awesome, Thank you Shehal, Of course feel free to visit him @ kanabona and meet him ! :D

Here is the 1st Contact of the Eclipse

Thus follows the contact No.2

Please note that the reflected images are due to the polarizer and glass filter that Shehal used,

Next comes Contact #3

Here is the last contact which is the contact #4

So, please feel free to share the photos/images you have taken in your end, and let's create a comprehensive eclipse photo archive,

And here are the optics details for above photos, courtesy of Shehal,!!

Telescope: Celestron NexStar 5se
Focal length: 1.25m
Filter: energy rejection filter

Thank you again Shehal !!

Some elegant projected photos, featuring the annular phase of solar eclipse 15th January 2010

Here are some cool photos that are really worth. I believe that those who missed eye-witnessing would envy for what they missed, really awesome !!!

Catch 'em here....these are projected photos, if you want detailed explanation of the optics and times these are taken, please contact me at the email posted in the sidebar.

Please provide proper citation and contact me when using these photos for your purposes,

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Here is the ring of Fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photos/ Images of Annular Solar Eclipse 15th January 2010 from Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Here, I'm posting some of the best quality photos/ images, featuring Annular Solar Eclipse 15th January 2010 from Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In fact, it was really a great and thrilling experience visiting to the best eclipse site Jaffna located in Northern frontiers of Sri Lanka. The Eclipse Expedition turned out to be really a successful event and we had more than 2000 participants, who ranged from school children, teachers, eclipse chasers, traveling groups, random people, and even army and police (Even D.I.G. of Jaffna visited to our eclipse site, located at the grounds of Jaffna Hindu College himself paid a visit to eyewitness this extraordinary episode of natural phenomena)!!

Thus unfolds a bunch of really great pictures, that are worth cherishing !!

Please note that some of these photos have been taken from a projected image of the eclipse, as the eclipse is filtered and caught in a screen,

The above photo features the 1st contact of the annular sole eclipse, 15th January 2010/

and this is just after the very first contact,

The above shows how the sun is being silhouetted, gradually, before the annular phase is to start,

The above are projected photos. Refer to next upcoming posts to see greater photos, featuring the annular phase. If you want to copy the photos/ images featured in this site, please feel free to do so with a proper citation, and please contact me at jdpdesh ((( at ))) gmail . com when you are doing so, Otherwise it will be illegal and action will be taken as per the license laws.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Preparing for the Eclipse 2010, few hours left for the Ring of Fire to take place


In fact following is a draft, that I was gonna post, however due to the busy preparation, that we had, I was unable to post it, now I'm posting it !!Sorry for inconvenience, caused !!


It's really been an exciting Morning today, All our guys are so much looking forward to the big phenomenon to happen...

At the moment, we are at the grounds of Hindu College, Jaffna, where our eclipse observing site is located. In fact this is the place which is few meters away from the main central line of the Annular solar eclipse January 2010.

Here are some images that I thought better to post online, these were taken few minutes ago, when we were arranging the tent for the eclipse.

This is is how the preparation took place,

Another photo,Here you can see me and mu colleague, crew mate, Aruna Gammanpila holding the two banners of the eclipse expedition, as sponsored by Virakesari, Express Newspapers.

Again, this is me.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eclipse 15th January 2010 today, Watch it live !!

 Watch the Annular Solar Eclipse 2010 Live !!

Eclipse 2010 Polish Version :Obrączkowe Zaćmienie Słońca dnia 15 stycznia 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

Obrączkowe Zaćmienie Słońca dnia 15 stycznia 2010

Wydarzenie to niewątpliwie jest bardzo oczekiwane wśród miłośników astronomii jak i ogólnie nauki. Najważniejszą informacją jest to, że Obrączkowe Zaćmienie Słońca ma mieć miejsce dokładnie w piątek 15 stycznia 2010.

Na szczęście słońce rzuci sylwetkę księżyca w promieniu o szerokości ok. 300km, natomiast ścieżka przebywa połowę obwodu Ziemi. Dosłownie oznacza to, iż cień księżyca przebędzie ponad 20 000 km wzdłuż Ziemi dając mieszkańcom ziemi niezwykłą szansę bycia świadkami zaćmienia słońca.

Według obliczeń, cień księżyca rozpocznie swą podróż w Afryce, unosząc się nad Czadem, Republiką Afryki Środkowej, Kongo, Ugandą, Kenią i Somalią. Następnie trasa przesunie się nad Ocean Indyjski. Przewiduje się, że zaćmienie osiągnie maksymalny czas trwania równy 11 minut i 8 sekund.

Sri Lanka i Indie(Południowe Indie)równocześnie, jako pierwsze z państw azjatyckich, zostaną objęte zaćmieniem. Centralna trasa wędrówki cienia, będzie miała miejsce w Bangladeszu, Birmie i Chinach, dając przy tym obserwatorom możliwość przeżycia niesamowitego doświadczenia.

Jakkolwiek częściowe zaćmienie jest obserwowane w znacznie rozleglejszej ścieżce półcienia sylwetki księżyca. Prawdopodobne obszary, które zostaną objęte tym zjawiskiem, to Europa Wschodnia, znaczna część Afryki, Azja i Indonezja

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Eclipse 2010 Japanese Version :2010年1月15日の金環食

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010







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The Unforgettable moments at Express Newspapers, before we left for Jaffna for Eclipse 2010

I thought of dedicating a unique post for the unforgettable moments shared by both the eclipse crew and staff of Express Newspapers, our generous sponsors. Below you can see the official sticker of Eclipse expedition January 2010, as it's pasted to our vehicle.

Then all of our crew members posed for a group photograph, which featured our friend Karthik and members of the staff of Express Newspapers. Thus unfold those exciting photos, which carry a lot of cherished memoirs..

Here is another one..

Some more...

In addition to that me and my crew member Aruna Gammanpila posed with the sticker, stuck on the windows of the vehicle,
I should say that it was really a wonderful start for a expeditious journey to Jaffna, exploring unknown horizons !!! Thank you Karthik and Express Newspapers for bringing us such an amazing experience..

Arrived at Jaffna this Morning for the eclipse 2010, the big day awaits !! Thus begins the expedition for the Eclipse 2010

Well, it's been a while, SINCE we left Colombo. I should have started my LiveBlog for the Eclipse 2010, yesterday. However bad internet connection throughout the route, we've been traveling and low-powered LAPTOPS prevented it so far. I'm really sorry for taking it too long to start the LiveBlog. I know you've been expecting it for such a long period. Well, now the tough time is gone, traveling is gone and we are here in Jaffna for the annular solar eclipse tomorrow.

Below, you can see a photo our eclipse crew, taken at Ambepussa, where we had our dinner.

In fact we arrived in Jaffna this Morning at about 9am, by the way we had a great chance to celebrate Thaipongal with a Tamil family in Jaffna. I should really thank Uma, Sujii and Karthik  for arranging this for all of us. It was really exciting to celebrate this festival for the 1st time in our lives, here in Jaffna. In addition this is the 1st time all of our crew, made their visit to Jaffna.

Here I'm mentioning  the important places that we passed during your drive to Jaffna, starting from Colombo yesterday at 7.00 pm.

  • Leaving Colombo (from office of Virakesari/ Express Newspapers)-7.00 pm (13th)
  • Ambepussa (Dinner) - 9.30 pm
  • Dambulla - 11.50 pm
  • Mihintale - 01.00 am (14th)
  • Rambewa - 01.18 am
  • Mmedawachchiya -01.55 am
  • Vavuniya -02.55 am
  • Omanthi - 04.25 am
  • Puliyankulama - 5.10 am
  • Kanagarayankulama - 5.47 am
  • Mankulam - 6.06 am
  • Akkarayankulam - 6.40 am
  • Kilinochchi - 6.55 am
  • Elephant Pass - 7.15 am
  • Palei - 7.44 am
  • Muhamalei -7.52 am
  • Mirusu Wil - 8.05 am
  • Kadikanam - 8.11 am
  • Chavakachcheri -8.45 am
  • Jaffna - 9.15 am

and now I will refer to the unforgettable departure we had when leaving Colombo, In the evening of 14th, we went to the office of Virakesari, located at Armor Street. There, we had a nice session with Karthik and his staff at the Express Newspapers, Also we took some great photos, prior to the leaving.

It was a great experience greeting everybody, before going out for expedition to North for Eclipse 2010.

And above is a photo of mine, taken at Elephant Pass.

Now, we are here in Jaffna, and keep in touch with my blog for many exciting experiences to come.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eclipse Web Cast from SkyLK

The biggest astronomical event of the year the annular solar eclipse 2010 can be seen on the January 15th. This event is visible to African countries such as Chad, central Africa, Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia and the Asian countries such as Maldives, Sri Lanka, south India, Bangladesh, Burma and china.

For Sri Lanka the best observation site would be Jaffna which is located in the Northern Province. The eclipse will have an annularity of 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

In partnership with Express Newspapers, Sri Lanka Astronomical Association, Astronomical Association of Royal College and many other astronomical societies, is bringing you a web stream live from Jaffna over the internet.

Come to witness the ring of fire on the January 15th on

Eclipse 2010 Romanian Version : Eclipsa totala de soare din 15 ianuarie 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

Eclipsa totala de soare din 15 ianuarie 2010

Este un eveniment pe care il asteapta cu nerabdare toti cei care sunt interesati de astronomie si de stiinta in general. Vestea cea mai importanta este ca prima eclipsa totala de soare din 2010 se va produce vineri 15 ianuarie 2010. Din fericire, soarele se va ascunde in spatele lunii pe o distanta de 300 km, eclipsa putand fi sesizata de pe jumatate din circumhferinta pamantului.

Asta inseamna literalmente ca umbra lunii va parcurge mai mult de 20000 de km pe suprafata pamantului, oferindu-le pamantenilor sansa de a fi martorii unei eclipse solare. In urma calculelor rezulta ca umbra lunii isi va incepe calatoria din Africa, planand deasupra Ciadului, Republicii Central africane, Republicii Democrate Congo, Ugandei, Keniei si Somaliei pe continentul african. Apoi traiectoria se va indrepta catre Oceanul Indian. Se ateapta ca eclipsa sa atinga maximul care va dura 11 minute si 8 secunde. Sri Lanka si India (mai precis sudul Indiei) vor fi simultan primele tari asiatice care vor fi atinse de eclipsa. Apoi traiectoria eclipsei se va infrepta catre Banglades, Burma si China oferindu-le privitorilor si oamenilor de stiinta o experienta de neuitat. De asemenea, o eclipsa partiala poate fi sesizata de pe un teritoriu mult mai intins. Zonele de unde va putea fi sesizata eclipsa partiala includ estul Europei, mare parte din Africa si Indonezia.

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Eclipse 2010 Hungarian Version : Gyűrűs napfogyatkozás – 2010. Január 15

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

Gyűrűs napfogyatkozás – 2010. Január 15.

Minden bizonnyal az egyik legjobban várt esemény mindazok számára, akiket érdekel az asztrológia és a tudományok általában. A legnagyobb hír, hogy 2010. első napfogyatkozása pontosan 2010. január 15-én lesz!

A nap szerencsére úgy játszik a hold sziluettjével, hogy az lényegében nagyjából 300 km szélességben beutazza a Föld kerületének mintegy felét. Szó szerint ez annyit jelenti, hogy a hold árnyéka több, mint 20.000 km-t fog „utazni” a Földön keresztül, miközben egy kellemes lehetőséget ad a földlakóknak, hogy szemtanúi lehessenek ennek a páratlan élményű napfogyatkozásnak.
A számítások szerint az antiumbra, a hold árnyéka Afrikában kezdi meg útját, átlebeg Csádon, a Közép-Afrikai Köztársaságon, a Kongói Demokratikus Köztársaság, Uganda, Kenya és Szomália felett az Afrikai Kontinensen. Aztán az útvonala megközelíti az Indiai Óceánt.
A fogyatkozással kapcsolatban arra lehet számítani, hogy a gyűrűs szakasz maximális tartama 11 perc és 8 másodpercig fog tartani.

Sri Lanka és India (Dél India) azok a földrészek Ázsiában, amelyeket egyidejűleg és először fog ’csókjával illetni’ a fogyatkozás. Majd a főútvonal folytatódik Bangladesen, Burmán és Kínán át, egy életre szóló élmény adva az őt megfigyelő érdeklődőknek, tudósoknak.

Mindazonáltal egy részleges napfogyatkozás is megfigyelhető a hold sziluettjének egy sokkal szélesebb útvonalát követve. A lehetséges területek, ahonnan ez jól látszik: Kelet-Európa, Afrika legnagyobb része, Ázsia és Indonézia.

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Eclipse 2010 Danish Version : Ringformet solformørkelse af 15. januar 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

Ringformet solformørkelse af 15. januar 2010

Dette skulle være en stor begivenhed at se frem til for alle dem, der er interesseret i astronomi og videnskab i almindelighed. Den største nyhed er, at den første ringformede solformørkelse i 2010 vil finde sted netop på fredag, den 15. januar 2010.

Heldigvis vil solen kaste månens silhuet i en omkreds, der vil være omkring 300 km bred, mens banen rejser det halve af jordens omkreds. Bogstaveligt talt betyder det, at månens skygge vil rejse mere end 20.000 km rundt om jorden, hvilket giver os jordboere en passende chance for at opleve en solformørkelse.

I følge beregningerne vil antumbral måneskygge påbegynde sin rejse fra Afrika, svævende over Tchad, Den Centralafrikanske Republik, Den Demokratiske Republik Congo, Uganda, Kenya og Somalia i det afrikanske kontinent. Så vil banen nærme sig til Det Indiske Ocean. Formørkelsen forventes at nå sin maksimale varighed af ringformethed, der vil være 11 minutter og 8 sekunder.

Sri Lanka og Indien (det sydlige Indien), vil samtidig være de første asiatiske områder, der bliver berørt af formørkelsen. Så vil den centrale bane fortsætte gennem Bangladesh, Burma og Kina, mens den giver observatører og videnskabsfolk en oplevelse for livet.

Imidlertid er en delvis formørkelse også observeret indenfor en meget bredere bane af månens penumbrale silhuet. De mulige områder omfatter Østeuropa, det meste af Afrika, Asien og Indonesien.

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Timings of Annular Solar Eclipse 2010 January for Sacramento, US, corresponding to Eclipse in Jaffna, Sri Lanka & South India

Well there are 2 cities from the same name in USA in bith California, and Pennsylvania.Therefore I've posted the both timings.

The eclipse is starting at 11.18 am local time (Jaffna Peninsula) and end at 15.11 pm, well the corresponding time from Sacramento (PST Time), California will be 9.48 pm on (14th) and 1.41 am(15th). since there is another city from the same name, Sacramento, Pennsylvania (EST Time) the ideal timings will be from 00.48 am (15th) and 4.41 am (15th).

From Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the peak of the annular solar eclipse will start from 1.20 pm and will last for 10 minutes and 8 seconds. So one can calculate the equivalent time to be 11.50 pm PST (14th ) from Cali and 2.50 am EST (15th) from Pennsylvania.

In addition you can join with our eclipse expedition which we will start this evening prior to Pongal day. My eclipse blog will go live and I'll be LiveBlogging the event, lively throughout our eclipse chase.

Eclipse 2010 Russian Version : 15 января 2010 года состоится ежегодное солнечное затмение

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

15 января 2010 года состоится ежегодное солнечное затмение.

Это будет самое ожидаемое событие для всех, кто интересуется наукой в целом и астрономией в частности. Первое в этом году солнечное затмение состоится именно в эту пятницу, 15 января 2010 года!

По счастливой случайности, луна будет отбрасывать тень на Солнце, образуя полосу затмения шириной около 300 км, в то время как путь прохождения лунной тени составит приблизительно половину длины окружности Земли. В буквальном смысле, это означает, что лунная тень пройдет путь по площади Земли длиною 20 000 км, что даст прекрасную возможность наблюдать на этой территории солнечное затмение.

Согласно подсчетам, кольцевая лунная тень начнет свой путь с Африканского континента, пройдя над Республикой Чад, Центральной Африканской Республикой, Демократической Республикой Конго, Угандой, Кенией и Сомали. Затем лунная тень достигнет Индийского океана. Ожидается, что данное затмение будет самым длительным в этом году: его продолжительность составит 11 минут и 08 секунд.

На территории Азии первыми, на кого упаде лунная тень, окажутся одновременно Шри-Ланка и Индия (Южная Индия). Затем лунная тень продолжит свой путь через территории Бангладеша, Бирмы и Китая, предоставляя тем самым прекрасную возможность наблюдать солнечное затмение ученым и всем желающим.

В то же время частичное солнечное затмение можно будет наблюдать на гораздо большей территории, находящейся в области полутени. Территории, на которых можно будет наблюдать частичное солнечное затмение, включают в себя восточную Европу, большую часть Африканского континента, Азию и Индонезию.

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Eclipse 2010 Swedish Version : Ringformig Solförmörkelse den 15 januari 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse of January 15 2010

Ringformig Solförmörkelse den 15 januari 2010

Detta kommer att vara en stor händelse att se framemot för alla som är intresserade av astronomi och vetenskap i allmänhet. Den största nyheten är att den första Ringformiga Solförmörkelsen 2010 kommer att äga rum just på fredagen den 15 januari, 2010.

Lyckligtvis framkastar solen månens siluett i en vinkel som skulle vara cirka 300 km bred, medan banan rör sig på hälften av jordens omkrets. Bokstavligen betyder detta att månens skugga kommer att röra sig mer än 20.000 km över jorden, vilket ger människorna en fin chans att bevittna en solförmörkelse.

Enligt beräkningarna kommer den antumbrala månens skugga att inleda sin färd från Afrika, svävande över Tchad, Centralafrikanska republiken, Demokratiska republiken Kongo, Uganda, Kenya och Somalia på den afrikanska kontinenten. Efter det kommer den att närma sig Indiska oceanen. Förmörkelsen väntas nå sin ringformiga maximala storlek, som kommer att vara 11 minuter och 08 sekunder.

Sri Lanka och Indien (södra Indien) kommer samtidigt att bli de första asiatiska land som nås av solförmörkelsen. Efter det kommer den centrala banan att fortsätta genom Bangladesh, Burma och Kina, där den ger observatörer och forskare en livsupplevelse .

Men en partiell solförmörkelse har också observerats inom den betydligt bredare banan från månens halvskuggiga silhuett. De möjliga områden omfattar Östeuropa, största delen av Afrika, Asien och Indonesien.

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