A hybrid eclipse of the Sun occurred on 8 April, 2005 AD UT. A fleeting hybrid eclipse was visible from south of New Zealand (missing the land) north-east across the Pacific, tailing out in Central America and into South America. It covered a narrow path at most 27km wide and lasted for 42 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. The partial eclipse was visible in parts of America.
Since this was a hybrid eclipse, an annular eclipse was seen at either end of the eclipse path; a total eclipse was visible only in the middle portions of the eclipse.
The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows:
|Partial eclipse began:||17:51:19 UT|
|Central eclipse began:||18:53:26 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||20:35:47 UT|
|Central eclipse ended:||22:18:24 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||23:20:29 UT|
The eclipse crosses the Pacific, missing land completely, though it does pass very near Oeno Island. It reaches land in southern Costa Rica, though by this time the eclipse is annular, and crosses almost immediately into Panama. It passes quickly over Panama, then Colombia, and finally ends in Venezula.
This was the 51st eclipse in Saros series 129. The previous eclipse in this series is on 29 Mar, 1987 AD; the next is on 20 Apr, 2023 AD. The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 7 Mar, 1951 AD; the next is on 11 May, 2059 AD.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The area shaded blue will see a total eclipse, and the areas shaded red will see an annular eclipse; however, near the edges of each 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 hybrid solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
|Saros Series||129||Saros Number||50|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0074|
|Gamma||-0.3473||Path Width (km)||27|
|Delta T||65||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||42 seconds|
|Contact p1||17:51:19 on 8 Apr UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||18:53:26 on 8 Apr UT||Contact u2||18:53:56 on 8 Apr UT|
|Max eclipse||20:35:47 on 8 Apr UT|
|Contact u3||22:17:49 on 8 Apr UT||Contact u4||22:18:24 on 8 Apr UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||23:20:29 on 8 Apr UT|
The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 20:36:51 on 8 Apr TDT.