A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Wednesday 29 June, 1927 UT, lasting from 03:59–08:46 UT. The Sun was darkened for 50 seconds by a dramatic total eclipse covering a narrow path at most 77 km wide. This was a sight worth seeing, and was visible across the centre of Great Britain, Norway and Sweden, the Arctic, and eastern Russia. The partial eclipse was visible from Europe and northern Asia.

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: 03:59:42 UT
Total eclipse began: 05:20:01 UT
Maximum eclipse: 06:23:02 UT
Total eclipse ended: 07:25:57 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 08:46:25 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.524° in apparent diameter, 1.6% smaller than average. The Moon was 5 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.526°, and at maximum eclipse 0.531°, which is around 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 occured on Jul 31, 1981, but too far to the east to be seen in Britain. But the very next eclipse after that in this Saros series happened on Aug 11 1999!

The very beginning of this eclipse was visible just after dawn in the UK. The total eclipse narrowly missed Ireland, and reached north-west Wales at 05:23 UT. The path was 44 km (27.3 miles) wide here, and the total eclipse lasted 20 seconds on the centreline. The track then whipped quickly over Southport and Middlesbrough, reaching the North Sea at 05:25 UT.

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 17th eclipse in solar Saros series 145.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 06:23:03 on 29 Jun UT TDT Date/time (max) 06:23:27 on 29 Jun TDT
Saros Series 145 Number in Series 16
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0128
Gamma 0.8163 Path Width (km) 77
Delta T 0m24s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 0m50s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 152095857 km (103.4%) Moon Distance 378403 km (43.7%)
Sun Diameter 0.524° Moon Diameter 0.526° - 0.531°
Perigee 09:56 on 24 Jun UT Apogee 23:53 on 6 Jul UT
Contact p1 03:59:42 on 29 Jun UT Contact p2
Contact u1 05:20:01 on 29 Jun UT Contact u2 05:20:23 on 29 Jun UT
Max eclipse 06:23:02 on 29 Jun UT
Contact u3 07:25:40 on 29 Jun UT Contact u4 07:25:57 on 29 Jun UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 08:46:25 on 29 Jun 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.