An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Tuesday 31 July, 1962 UT, with maximum eclipse at 12:24 UT. A large annular eclipse covered 97% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a path up to 103 km wide; it lasted 3 minutes and 33 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.

The annular eclipse lasted for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 12:24:59 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.525° in apparent diameter, 1.5% smaller than average. The Moon was just 4 days before apogee, making it relatively small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.510° in apparent diameter, which is 3.9% 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.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the annular 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 annular 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 3 eclipses:

This was the 36th eclipse in solar Saros series 135.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 12:24:59 on 31 Jul UT TDT Date/time (max) 12:25:33 on 31 Jul TDT
Saros Series 135 Number in Series 35
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9716
Gamma -0.113 Path Width (km) 103
Delta T 0m34s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m33s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151850753 km (98.4%) Moon Distance 396313 km (79.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.502° - 0.510°
Perigee 10:01 on 20 Jul UT Apogee 05:43 on 5 Aug 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.