A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Saturday 24 January, 1925 UT, lasting from 12:41–17:05 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 32 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 206 km wide. It was seen in the north-eastern USA, and then between the Faroes and north-west Scotland, missing both. The partial eclipse was visible from the eastern US, west Europe, and north-west Africa.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. In any particular place it would have been seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moved across the Earth:

Partial eclipse began: 12:41:23 UT
Total eclipse began: 14:00:54 UT
Maximum eclipse: 14:53:37 UT
Total eclipse ended: 15:46:11 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 17:05:48 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.6% larger than average. The Moon was just a day past perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.553°, and at maximum eclipse 0.558°, which is 5.1% 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.

The next eclipse in the triple-Saros series happened on Feb 26, 1979; it passed north of Britain. However, 2 eclipses later in the same Saros series, an annular eclipse will be visible in the Faroes on Mar 20, 2015.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the total solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

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 56th eclipse in solar Saros series 120.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 14:53:39 on 24 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 14:54:03 on 24 Jan TDT
Saros Series 120 Number in Series 55
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0304
Gamma 0.8661 Path Width (km) 206
Delta T 0m24s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m32s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147278559 km (3.8%) Moon Distance 359837 km (6.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.553° - 0.558°
Perigee 13:24 on 23 Jan UT Apogee 19:01 on 4 Feb UT
Contact p1 12:41:23 on 24 Jan UT Contact p2
Contact u1 14:00:54 on 24 Jan UT Contact u2 14:03:19 on 24 Jan UT
Max eclipse 14:53:37 on 24 Jan UT
Contact u3 15:43:48 on 24 Jan UT Contact u4 15:46:11 on 24 Jan UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 17:05:48 on 24 Jan 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.