During the year 2009, two solar and four lunar eclipses occur as follows:
- 2009 Jan 26: Annular Solar Eclipse
- 2009 Feb 09: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- 2009 Jul 07: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- 2009 Jul 22: Total Solar Eclipse
- 2009 Aug 06: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- 2009 Dec 31: Partial Lunar Eclipse
A solar eclipse happens at new Moon, when the moon is directly between Earth and the Sun. A lunar eclipse occurs during full Moon, when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. The total solar eclipse of Jul 22, 2009 is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. There is no total lunar eclipse this year.
Eclipse has significant effect when eclipse point is in the rasi or nakshatra of natal planets or near sensitive points in the horoscope. For individual horoscope, the four important sensitive points are Ascendant , Moon, Ascendant lord and Sun. An Eclipse in the same rashi as another planet will affect the fortune of the person indicated by that planet whereas in the same nakshatra will affect the health of the individual indicated by that planet. The effects of an eclipse can be experienced around the time before or after the eclipse. If the luminary is placed before ascendant lord/sun/lord of the house, then the effects arise prior to the eclipse date.