A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Sunday 9 March, 1997 UT, with maximum eclipse at 01:23 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 50 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 356 km wide at maximum.

The total eclipse lasted for 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 01:23:49 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.537° in apparent diameter, 0.7% larger than average. The Moon was at perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.556°, and at maximum eclipse 0.560°, which is 5.4% 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.

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 60th eclipse in solar Saros series 120.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:23:49 on 9 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:24:51 on 9 Mar TDT
Saros Series 120 Number in Series 59
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.042
Gamma 0.9183 Path Width (km) 356
Delta T 1m02s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m50s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148537069 km (29.8%) Moon Distance 358210 km (3.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.537° Moon Diameter 0.556° - 0.560°
Perigee 09:02 on 8 Mar UT Apogee 23:39 on 20 Mar 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.