An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Monday 3 October, 2005 UT, lasting from 07:35–13:27 UT. The Sun was 96% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 4 minutes and 32 seconds and covering a broad path up to 162 km wide. It was visible from Spain and much of Africa. The partial eclipse was visible from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and south-west Asia.

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: 07:35:35 UT
Annular eclipse began: 08:41:00 UT
Maximum eclipse: 10:31:43 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 12:22:36 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 13:27:54 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.533° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon was 5 days after apogee and 11 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.510° in apparent diameter, which is 3.9% smaller than average; this was not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this was an annular eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

The track begins in the Atlantic, crosses into Portugal and Spain, and runs south-east across Ibiza and the Med. In Africa the annular eclipse crosses Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, north-eastern Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. It then passes over some of the islands of the Seychelles before terminating in the Indian Ocean.

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 43rd eclipse in solar Saros series 134.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 10:31:42 on 3 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 10:32:47 on 3 Oct TDT
Saros Series 134 Number in Series 42
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9576
Gamma 0.3306 Path Width (km) 162
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 4m32s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149674498 km (53.4%) Moon Distance 396033 km (78.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.533° Moon Diameter 0.503° - 0.510°
Apogee 15:21 on 28 Sep UT Perigee 13:51 on 14 Oct UT
Contact p1 07:35:35 on 3 Oct UT Contact p2
Contact u1 08:41:00 on 3 Oct UT Contact u2 08:45:04 on 3 Oct UT
Max eclipse 10:31:43 on 3 Oct UT
Contact u3 12:18:38 on 3 Oct UT Contact u4 12:22:36 on 3 Oct UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 13:27:54 on 3 Oct 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.