A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 28 May, 0585 BC UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 14:22 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 6 minutes and 4 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 271 km wide at maximum. It was seen in central America, France, and northern Mediterranean countries. The partial eclipse was visible across the Americas, Europe, north Africa and north-western Asia.

The total eclipse lasted for 6 minutes and 4 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 14:22:26 UT.

This may be the "Eclipse of Thales", supposedly predicted in advance by Thales of Miletus. If so, it could be the earliest eclipse whose coming was known in advance. However, it not certain that this is the correct eclipse, or even that Thales did in fact make such a prediction. See Wikipedia's article on the subject.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the total solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 33rd eclipse in solar Saros series 57.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 14:22:26 on 28 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 19:28:50 on 28 May TDT
Saros Series 57 Number in Series 32
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0798
Gamma 0.3201 Path Width (km) 271
Delta T 5h06m Error ± 15m06s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 6m04s
Partial Rating Total Rating

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listings are in the TDT timescale.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:41 UTC.