The total eclipse lasted for 1 minute and 38 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 23:42:14 UT.
During this eclipse the Sun was 0.533° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon was just 3 days before perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.537°, and at maximum eclipse 0.544°, which is 2.4% larger than average; hence it covered the Sun, making this a total eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.
This eclipse was observed by Captain George Vancouver at Eclipse Island in Western Australia. Although he was not placed to see the total eclipse, he named the island for the spectacle. See Wikipedia's article on the island.
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.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This was the 48th eclipse in solar Saros series 121.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||23:42:14 on 27 Sep UT||TDT Date/time (max)||23:42:30 on 27 Sep TDT|
|Saros Series||121||Number in Series||47|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0206|
|Gamma||-0.7492||Path Width (km)||106|
|Delta T||0m16s||Error||± 0m02s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||Total Rating|
|Sun Distance||149758471 km (55.1%)||Moon Distance||370350 km (27.7%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.533°||Moon Diameter||0.537° - 0.544°|
|Apogee||00:08 on 19 Sep UT||Perigee||20:04 on 30 Sep UT|
The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.
Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.