A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 19 March, 0033 UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 10:50 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 4 minutes and 6 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 267 km wide at maximum. It was seen from Antarctica south of Africa into the southern Indian ocean. The partial eclipse was visible south and south-western Africa and southern India.

The total eclipse lasted for 4 minutes and 6 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 10:50:14 UT.

This is one of several eclipses which have been linked to the crucifixion of Christ, although it would not have been visible from Jerusalem; Wikipedia has an 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 60th eclipse in solar Saros series 59.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 10:50:14 on 19 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:40:16 on 19 Mar TDT
Saros Series 59 Number in Series 59
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0576
Gamma -0.7168 Path Width (km) 267
Delta T 2h50m Error ± 8m20s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 4m06s
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 22:11:42 UTC.