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The Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019 will take place in Southern India on December 26th

The Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019 will take place in Southern India on December 26th

The suitability of Neeleshwar Hermitage as a place from which to see the eclipse is unparalleled.

Set under a huge and pollution-free sky on the coast of Malabar and fronting a sandy beach that stretches for miles in each direction, the whole area is low-rise and spacious, divided between traditional fishing communities and lush coconut groves. This is the place for total rest and relaxation amidst our lush gardens, with swimming in the infinity pool or the sea, and yoga and ayurvedic treatments available to your specifications. As well as these ideal immediate surroundings, there are many things in the locality of The Hermitage to interest to the visitor. As one of the traditional spice-producing parts of India, the hills of Malabar provide the opportunity for invigorating country walks with wonderful views and the chance to see traditional rural life in the villages by visiting local families. Local bird species abound, and during December there will be the addition of migrating birds who visit our beaches and woodlands. There is cultural as well as natural richness: the local town of Neeleshwar boasts a large Shiva temple that hosts festivals of religious performances and classical music and dance, and for those interested, there are two ashrams nearby that have been established by local saints.

An added benefit of visiting at this time of year is that the whole area is alive with the vibrant energy of Theyyam, the ritual of spirit possession, that is the main popular religious ritual here, unique to Malabar. Enacted with magnificent masks, make-up, and costumes, Theyyam celebrates the return to earth of local heroes, gods, and ancestors. Their visit, enacted in powerful performances by hereditary families, is often marked by all-night performances that include oracular advice, hypnotic music, and fire-walking.

All in all, The Hermitage is a perfect opportunity to extend your gaze; both up into the heavens and down into your soul! Come and enjoy a warm welcome from our genuinely friendly staff who will treat you as one of the family. The Hermitage family.

Google Maps and Solar Eclipse Paths
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This interactive Google map [1] shows the path of the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019 Dec 26th. The northern and southern path limits are marked blue, and the central line is marked red. You MUST be somewhere within the central path (i.e. between the blue lines) to see the annular phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse, marked at 10-minute intervals.

The green marker labeled GE is the point of Greatest Eclipse. The magenta marker labeled GD is the point of Greatest Duration. This is the location where the annular eclipse lasts the longest along the entire path. In this case, the Greatest Duration is 03m 40.0s.

This prediction does not take into account the mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. For the sake of speed and simplicity, the effects of the lunar limb profile are NOT used in the predictions and map presented on this page.

You can be hundreds of miles from the theoretical point of Greatest Duration and still enjoy annularity lasting within a fraction of a second of the maximum possible (as long as you stay within several miles of the central line). What is important is to watch the weather forecasts a day or two before the eclipse and choose a location with the best chance of a cloud-free sky during the eclipse. Good weather is the key to successful eclipse viewing - better to see a shorter eclipse from clear sky that a longer eclipse under clouds!

User Directions

The zoom bar (left edge of the map) is used to change the magnification [3]. The four-way toggle arrows (upper left corner) are for navigating around the map. You can also move the map center around to reposition it by holding down the left mouse button and dragging. The two map buttons (top right) let you switch between map view and a satellite view.

Click anywhere on the map to add a red marker. A popup window appears above the marker with the calculated eclipse times and duration of annularity for that location (see the explanation of Eclipse Circumstances below). The 'x' in the upper right corner of the popup window closes the popup window. Additional markers can be placed anywhere on the map. Move the cursor over a marker to reveal a popup window with the eclipse times for that position. The predictions in the popup window can also be displayed in a new web page via the Eclipse Times Popup button (bottom right). You can select and copy this information to paste into a word processor.

All the markers can be removed by using the Clear Marker button (below the map). Choose the Large Map check box to produce a bigger map (useful hint: enlarge the browser window to its maximum size before selecting the Large Map check box). This option is especially useful to users with large monitors.

Below the lower left corner of the map are three readouts. The first gives the geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude) of the map center, while the second gives the geographic coordinates of the cursor position. The third line gives the distance of the cursor from the last marker. For more information, see Google Eclipse Map Instructions.

Eclipse Circumstances

When you click on the map a red marker is added and a popup window opens giving the Eclipse Circumstances calculated for that location. The predictions in the popup window can be divided into two sections.

In the top section, the decimal Latitude and Longitude of the marker are given. The Eclipse Type (either total, annular or partial) seen from that position is given. The Duration of Totality (or Duration of Annularity) lists the length of the total (or annular) phase in minutes and seconds. The Eclipse Magnitude is the fraction of the Sun's diameter eclipsed. The Eclipse Obscuration is the fraction of the Sun's area eclipsed.

The bottom section consists of a table listing the times for important stages of the eclipse. The Event column lists the eclipse phase, followed by the date and time (both in Universal Time). Finally, the Altitude and Azimuth of the Sun are given for each event. The altitude is measured from the horizon (0°) to the zenith (90°). The azimuth is measured from due North and rotating eastward (North = 0°, East = 90°, South = 180°, and West = 270°).

Important Note: The eclipse predictions in this interactive map DO NOT include the effects of mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. Such corrections for the lunar limb profile may change the contact times and eclipse durations by ~1-3 seconds. The exact location of Greatest Duration may also change by ~10-20 kilometers.


Other interactive Google eclipse maps include those by Xavier Jubier. ↩

3. This web page approximates the curved eclipse path by using a series or To maintain the validity of this approximation, the maximum zoom level is limited to ~1 mile/inch (~0.7 kilometers/centimeter). This should prevent over-interpretation of the eclipse path accuracy. You can disable the zoom limit using the link Maximum Zoom to reload the map. ↩

Links for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019 Dec 26

1.Orthographic Map
2.Google Map
3.Animated Map
4.Path Table
5.Besselian Elements Table
6.Saros 132 Table
Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2019 Dec 26 were generated using the JPL DE405 solar and lunar ephemerides and value of ΔT = 69.2 seconds.

The eclipse predictions presented here DO NOT include the effects of mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. Such corrections for the lunar limb profile may shift the limits of the eclipse path north or south by ~1-3 kilometers, and change the eclipse duration by ~1-3 seconds. More detailed predictions including the effects of the lunar limb profile are normally posted 12-18 months before each eclipse,


All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy. Permission is freely granted to reproduce this data when accompanied by an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC"

For more information, see: NASA Copyright Information

Please visit the Acknowledgments Page for additional acknowledgments, details, and links.

More Solar Eclipse Links

Decade Tables of Solar Eclipse :

| 1901 - 1910 | 1911 - 1919 | 1921 - 1930 | 1931 - 1940 | 1941 - 1950 |
| 1951 - 1960 | 1961 - 1970 | 1971 - 1980 | 1981 - 1990 | 1991 - 2000 |
| 2001 - 2010 | 2011 - 2020 | 2021 - 2030 | 2031 - 2040 | 2041 - 2050 |
| 2051 - 2060 | 2061 - 2070 | 2071 - 2080 | 2081 - 2090 | 2091 - 2100 |

World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Maps: Index Page

| 1901 - 1920 | 1921 - 1940 | 1941 - 1960 | 1961 - 1980 | 1981 - 2000 |
| 2001 - 2020 | 2021 - 2040 | 2041 - 2060 | 2061 - 2080 | 2081 - 2100 |

Javascript Solar Eclipse Explorer - calculate all solar eclipses visible from a citySolar Eclipse Search Engine- search for solar eclipses from -1999 to + 3000

Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 - NASA Technical Publication

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"The greeting in Neeleshwar set the tone of the coming week: it was warm, professional, calm and had an understated attention to detail that meant you could completely relax into the arms of the place. Neeleshwar is beautiful, superbly run and the best place I have ever visited for recharging a weary body and mind. By the end of the week I felt 10 years younger."
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