Pictures of the solar eclipse, first day of Chinese New Year (26 January 2009)

There was a solar eclipse in Malaysia that coincided with the first day of Chinese New Year 2009.

The best view is from Tawau at almost 82% obscurity. From Kota Kinabalu it’s about 75%.

From Kota Kinabalu, it was supposed to be visible from around 4.30pm until sunset, with its peak at around 5.50pm.

The last time such an event happened in the country was in 2002, about 7 years ago.

I took the following photos as I was heading back to Kota Kinabalu from Tuaran around 6pm on the day of the eclipse. It wasn’t rainy as was usual, but was cloudy. I didn’t sense anything different; I didn’t feel that it was 75% darker than as is usually expected at that time of the day, in fact it seemed to be brighter than usual.

Along the Penampang – Kota Kinabalu bypass, 6.08pm:

Here are some better pictures.

First, taken by fawwazkmd around 5.47pm at Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur:

Here’s another one by My Adha:

Yahoo! News

… do some of the images look like led light bulbs to you?

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