Chennai – 600116
Dear OM / YL
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2010 January 15 – Research by Hams.
On Friday, 2010 January 15, an Annular Eclipse of the Sun is visible.The Eclipse could be viewed distinctly at places like Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi, Kanyakumari. At other places partial eclipse can be seen and the timing is from 11.05 hrs to 15.05 hrs. Since the celestial event is said to occur after 108 years, lot of astronomers and astrophysicists evince interest in its study. Already researchers are on their way to those places .
One of the researches suggested could be the study of Electromagnetic wave propagation before, during and after the eclipse so that any possible influence of the eclipse on the EM wave propagation could be ascertained. This event, therefore, is a golden opportunity to Hams all over the world, especially to those who reside in the belt area where the eclipse is going to have its trajectory. Of course, it goes without saying that exchange of reports on readability and strength of the signals could be meaningful only when other Hams from other parts of the country / globe also exchange with those in the belt for a comparative study. Hams from different locations can discuss among themselves and evolve a strategy to effectively study the phenomenon as it is not only going to be beneficial to the astronomers and astrophysicists but to International Ham fraternity as well. Appropriate precautions should be taken in viewing the eclipse and in the observation and monitoring of the signals without bias or preconceived notion as expected of any strict scientific research.
We would appreciate very much your efforts in this regard if a report of your investigation / observation could be mailed to me after the event. That would be duly forwarded to the astronomers and astrophysicists.
C.Shanmugham VU2 CSM