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:||07:36:53 UT|
|Total eclipse began:||08:34:29 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||10:11:22 UT|
|Total eclipse ended:||11:48:01 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||12:45:45 UT|
During this eclipse the Sun was 0.534° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon was just a day past perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.552°, and at maximum eclipse 0.561°, which is 5.7% larger than average; hence it covered the Sun, making this a total eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.
A major eclipse, and the last reasonably easy chance for Europeans to see a total eclipse of the Sun for many years, this will be a very significant event.
The total eclipse begins in the extreme east of Brazil, then crosses the Atlantic, passing through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Libya, and north-western Egypt on its way to the Med. It then crosses Turkey, Georgia, southern Russia, Kazakhstan, and Russia again, before finishing right on the Mongolian border.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the total 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.
This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the total solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This was the 29th eclipse in solar Saros series 139.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||10:11:18 on 29 Mar UT||TDT Date/time (max)||10:12:23 on 29 Mar TDT|
|Saros Series||139||Number in Series||28|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0515|
|Gamma||0.3843||Path Width (km)||184|
|Delta T||1m05s||Error||± 0m00s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||Total Rating|
|Sun Distance||149366296 km (47.0%)||Moon Distance||360318 km (7.8%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.534°||Moon Diameter||0.552° - 0.561°|
|Perigee||07:13 on 28 Mar UT||Apogee||13:17 on 9 Apr UT|
|Contact p1||07:36:53 on 29 Mar UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||08:34:29 on 29 Mar UT||Contact u2||08:36:33 on 29 Mar UT|
|Max eclipse||10:11:22 on 29 Mar UT|
|Contact u3||11:45:59 on 29 Mar UT||Contact u4||11:48:01 on 29 Mar UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||12:45:45 on 29 Mar UT|
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.