A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Monday 19 April, 2004 UT, lasting from 11:29–15:38 UT. A moderate partial eclipse, with 74% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, created an interesting spectacle for observers in the south of Africa.

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: 11:29:58 UT
Maximum eclipse: 13:34:04 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 15:38:39 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.531° in apparent diameter, 0.4% smaller than average. The Moon was just 4 days before 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 65th eclipse in solar Saros series 119.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 13:34:00 on 19 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:35:05 on 19 Apr TDT
Saros Series 119 Number in Series 64
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.7367
Gamma -1.1335 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150289032 km (66.1%) Moon Distance 397562 km (81.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.531° Moon Diameter 0.501° - 0.501°
Perigee 02:28 on 8 Apr UT Apogee 00:26 on 24 Apr UT
Contact p1 11:29:58 on 19 Apr UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 13:34:04 on 19 Apr UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 15:38:39 on 19 Apr 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.