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:||04:51:24 UT|
|Total eclipse began:||05:50:21 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||07:31:12 UT|
|Total eclipse ended:||09:11:57 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||10:11:02 UT|
During this eclipse the Sun was 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.5% larger than average. The Moon was just 2 days past perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.545°, and at maximum eclipse 0.554°, which is 4.4% 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.
The total eclipse begins in the Atlantic, then crosses Africa through Angola, eastern Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique. It then passes south of Madagascar, crosses the southern Indian Ocean, and ends in South Australia, with the very last moments of the eclipse being just visible in New South Wales and Queensland.
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.
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.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This was the 22nd eclipse in solar Saros series 142.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||07:31:12 on 4 Dec UT||TDT Date/time (max)||07:32:16 on 4 Dec TDT|
|Saros Series||142||Number in Series||21|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0244|
|Gamma||-0.302||Path Width (km)||87|
|Delta T||1m04s||Error||± 0m00s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||Total Rating|
|Sun Distance||147451528 km (7.4%)||Moon Distance||365229 km (17.6%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.541°||Moon Diameter||0.545° - 0.554°|
|Perigee||08:54 on 2 Dec UT||Apogee||03:58 on 14 Dec UT|
|Contact p1||04:51:24 on 4 Dec UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||05:50:21 on 4 Dec UT||Contact u2||05:50:50 on 4 Dec UT|
|Max eclipse||07:31:12 on 4 Dec UT|
|Contact u3||09:11:32 on 4 Dec UT||Contact u4||09:11:57 on 4 Dec UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||10:11:02 on 4 Dec UT|
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.