2019 January 6 (Partial Solar Eclipse)

Partial Solar Eclipse on January 6, 2019- in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Reporting from Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Conditions: Clear through the middle hour and forty minutes; clouds for the first half hour; some visibility through clouds and haze for much of the last half hour.

First Contact: 8:43 am local time
Maximum Eclipse: 42% magnitude, 10:06 am local time (30% obscuration=areal coverage)
Last Contact: 11:36 am local time

We were hosted at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan by Yoichiro Hanaoka and Eijero Hiei.   We observed mainly from the grounds of their solar flare telescope, which has only digital images.  We also, soon after maximum eclipse, saw a projected image from their 20-cm outreach telescope elsewhere on the grounds, mingling there with many children and others.

Xavier Jubier successfully saw 60% obscuration from a hilltop overlooking Tomtor, Siberia, and reports that the temperature was –55°C = -67°F. In Siberia, he went to Oymyakon, which is a good thousand kilometers away east of Yakutsk in the mountains. For the eclipse, he selected a hilltop with an unobstructed horizon and a nice view over the mountains, near Tomtor next to the Pole of Cold.

Jörg Schoppmeyer reported seeing the whole eclipse while observing from Harbin, China.  too, He writes the Solar Eclipse Mailing List that it was clear and cold, with temperature about –20°C.

Paul Maley reported success for the duration after the first 30 minutes from a small park 6 miles from Inchon, South Korea.

Daniel Fischer from Germany, monitoring feeds, reported images online from Russia, China (Beijing) and Japan.
We were hosted at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan by solar astronomers Yoichiro Hanaoka and Eijiro Hiei.   We observed mainly from the grounds of their Solar Flare Telescope, which has only digital images.  We also, soon after maximum eclipse, saw a projected image from their 20-cm outreach telescope elsewhere on the grounds, mingling there with many children and others. The temperature was about 43°C (7°C).
 Map by Michael Zeiler :

Photos by Eijiro Hiei, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan:
Photos by Jay Pasachoff:

 Eclipse photos (Nikon 80-400 mm f/5.6 zoom at 400 mm, with Nikon D600 and Questar filter):