A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Wednesday 18 July, 1860 UT (6 Jul, 1860 Old Style), with maximum eclipse at 14:26 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 39 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 198 km wide.

The total eclipse lasted for 3 minutes and 39 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 14:26:16 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.525° in apparent diameter, 1.6% smaller than average. The Moon was just 2 days before perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.543°, and at maximum eclipse 0.551°, which is 3.8% 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.

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 46th eclipse in solar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 14:26:16 on 18 Jul UT TDT Date/time (max) 14:26:24 on 18 Jul TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 45
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.05
Gamma 0.5487 Path Width (km) 198
Delta T 0m08s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m39s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 152016101 km (101.8%) Moon Distance 366564 km (20.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.543° - 0.551°
Apogee 21:34 on 8 Jul UT Perigee 19:07 on 20 Jul UT

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.

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.