The annular eclipse lasted for 3 minutes and 3 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 11:53:13 UT.
During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.6% larger than average. The Moon was 8 days after perigee and 6 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.525° in apparent diameter, which is 1.1% smaller than average; this was not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this was an annular eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.
In the final stages of the Battle of Isandlwana in the Anglo-Zulu war, this eclipse was seen as the Zulu forces overwhelmed the British position. A partial eclipse covering around 55% of the Sun would have been seen from Isandlwana, lasting from 11:10–13:52 UT, with the maximum eclipse at around 12:36 UT.
This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the annular 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 3 eclipses:
This was the 44th eclipse in solar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||11:53:13 on 22 Jan UT||TDT Date/time (max)||11:53:08 on 22 Jan TDT|
|Saros Series||129||Number in Series||43|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||0.97|
|Gamma||-0.1824||Path Width (km)||110|
|Delta T||-1m-5s||Error||± 0m00s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||Total Rating|
|Sun Distance||147258703 km (3.4%)||Moon Distance||385061 km (57.0%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.542°||Moon Diameter||0.517° - 0.525°|
|Perigee||17:11 on 14 Jan UT||Apogee||05:06 on 29 Jan 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.