A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Saturday 5 February, 2000 UT, lasting from 10:55–14:43 UT. A moderate partial eclipse, with 58% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, created an interesting spectacle for observers over most of Antarctica.

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: 10:55:44 UT
Maximum eclipse: 12:49:23 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 14:43:10 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.4% larger than average. The Moon was just 4 days past apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.501° in apparent diameter, which is 5.7% 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 16th eclipse in solar Saros series 150.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 12:49:23 on 5 Feb UT TDT Date/time (max) 12:50:27 on 5 Feb TDT
Saros Series 150 Number in Series 15
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.5795
Gamma -1.2233 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147496610 km (8.3%) Moon Distance 397707 km (82.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.501° - 0.501°
Apogee 01:20 on 1 Feb UT Perigee 02:41 on 17 Feb UT
Contact p1 10:55:44 on 5 Feb UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 12:49:23 on 5 Feb UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 14:43:10 on 5 Feb 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.