An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Friday 14 December, 2001 UT, lasting from 18:03–23:40 UT. The Sun was 97% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 3 minutes and 53 seconds and covering a path up to 126 km wide. It was visible across the Pacific and in Central America.

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: 18:03:21 UT
Annular eclipse began: 19:08:09 UT
Maximum eclipse: 20:51:57 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 22:35:53 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 23:40:42 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.6% larger than average. The Moon was 8 days after perigee and 6 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.524° in apparent diameter, which is 1.3% 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 2 eclipses:

This was the 45th eclipse in solar Saros series 132.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 20:51:57 on 14 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 20:53:01 on 14 Dec TDT
Saros Series 132 Number in Series 44
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9681
Gamma 0.4089 Path Width (km) 126
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m53s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147251920 km (3.2%) Moon Distance 385351 km (57.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.517° - 0.524°
Perigee 22:48 on 6 Dec UT Apogee 13:03 on 21 Dec UT
Contact p1 18:03:21 on 14 Dec UT Contact p2
Contact u1 19:08:09 on 14 Dec UT Contact u2 19:11:21 on 14 Dec UT
Max eclipse 20:51:57 on 14 Dec UT
Contact u3 22:32:34 on 14 Dec UT Contact u4 22:35:53 on 14 Dec UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 23:40:42 on 14 Dec 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.