An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on 31 May, 2003 AD UT, lasting from 01:46–06:30 UT. This was a marginal annular eclipse, lasting 3 minutes and 37 seconds, with the annular path visible in far north-west Scotland, Iceland, and Greenland. The partial eclipse was visible from much of northern Asia and Europe.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. Note that in any particular place it would have been seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moved across the Earth:

Partial eclipse began: 01:46:20 UT
Annular eclipse began: 03:44:53 UT
Maximum eclipse: 04:08:21 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 04:31:28 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 06:30:05 UT

The next eclipse in the triple-Saros series will happen on Jul 1, 2057, but will not be visible in Britain. However, two eclipses later in the same Saros series, an eclipse is visible in central Britain on Jul 23 2093.

An annular eclipse — the first central (ie. not partial) eclipse in its series — covers the top of the Earth, and partly misses it entirely. Large parts of Greenland will see the eclipse, and the centre line passes over Iceland. For the UK, it will be seen in most of the Highlands, including Inverness, the Orkneys, Shetlands, and Lewis, at around dawn. The rest of the UK will see the Sun rise partially eclipsed.

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 22nd eclipse in Saros series 147. The previous eclipse in this series is on 19 May, 1985 AD; the next is on 10 Jun, 2021 AD.

The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 28 Apr, 1949 AD; the next is on 1 Jul, 2057 AD.

Eclipse Parameters

Saros Series 147 Number in Series 21
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9384
Gamma 0.996 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m37s
Contact p1 01:46:20 on 31 May UT Contact p2
Contact u1 03:44:53 on 31 May UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 04:08:21 on 31 May UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 04:31:28 on 31 May UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 06:30:05 on 31 May UT

The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 04:09:22 on 31 May TDT.

Data last updated: 2014-10-24 20:03:28 UTC (1414181008).