An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on 31 May, 2003 AD 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 eclipse are as follows:
|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.
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.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area will see the annular solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse will be very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse will last longest, so this is where you want to be if possible.
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 annular solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.) EclipseMaps/2003_05_31.gif
|Saros Series||147||Saros Number||21|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||0.9384|
|Gamma||0.996||Path Width (km)||0|
|Delta T||64||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||3 minutes and 37 seconds|
|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.