A hybrid eclipse of the Sun occurred on Friday 8 April, 2005 UT, lasting from 17:51–23:20 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 27 km wide and lasted for 42 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. The partial eclipse was visible in parts of America.

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: 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

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.532° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon was just 4 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse, the Moon was 0.528°, which is smaller than the Sun; hence the eclipse was annular at that point. However, at maximum eclipse the Moon was 0.536° in apparent diameter, which is 1.0% larger than average, large enough to cover the Sun; and so a total eclipse was seen at that point. Thus this was a hybrid eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

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.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The area shaded blue saw a total eclipse, and the areas shaded red saw an annular eclipse; however, near the edges of each 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 hybrid 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 51st eclipse in solar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 20:35:46 on 8 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 20:36:51 on 8 Apr TDT
Saros Series 129 Number in Series 50
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0074
Gamma -0.3473 Path Width (km) 27
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 0m42s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149828965 km (56.5%) Moon Distance 377089 km (41.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.532° Moon Diameter 0.528° - 0.536°
Perigee 11:10 on 4 Apr UT Apogee 18:42 on 16 Apr UT
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

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.