A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Tuesday 2 September, 1997 UT, with maximum eclipse at 00:03 UT. This was a deep partial eclipse, with 90% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center. This provided a significant spectacle for those who saw it.

Maximum eclipse was at 00:03:45 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.528° in apparent diameter, 0.9% smaller than average. The Moon was just a day before apogee, making it extremely small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.490° in apparent diameter, which is 7.7% smaller than average. This has no real effect on this eclipse, since the Moon's central shadow misses the Earth, making this a partial eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the partial solar eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 53rd eclipse in solar Saros series 125.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 00:03:45 on 2 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 00:04:48 on 2 Sep TDT
Saros Series 125 Number in Series 52
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.8988
Gamma -1.0352 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m03s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150945664 km (79.6%) Moon Distance 406216 km (99.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.490° - 0.490°
Perigee 05:04 on 19 Aug UT Apogee 21:19 on 2 Sep 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.