A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 3 May, 1375 BC UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 04:51 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 7 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a path up to 158 km wide. It was seen in the Middle East, Central Asia, and northern Russia. The partial eclipse was visible across much of Europe and most of Asia.

The total eclipse lasted for 2 minutes and 7 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 04:51:04 UT.

This may be the eclipse documented on a clay tablet found in 1948 among the ruins of the ancient city of Ugarit: "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance". If so, this is one of the earliest documented eclipses. Another candidate eclipse matching the Ugarit description is the eclipse of 5 March, 1223 BC.

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 eclipse belongs to solar Saros series 16.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 04:51:04 on 3 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:52:19 on 3 May TDT
Saros Series 16 Number in Series
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0295
Gamma 0.7755 Path Width (km) 158
Delta T 9h01m Error ± 49m47s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m07s
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 22:11:39 UTC.