An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Friday 22 September, 2006 UT, lasting from 08:39–14:40 UT. A small annular eclipse covered only 94% of the Sun in a very broad path, 261 km wide at maximum, and lasted 7 minutes and 9 seconds. It was visible from central America east across the Atlantic, finishing south of Africa. The partial eclipse was visible in eastern South America and south and west 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: 08:39:57 UT
Annular eclipse began: 09:48:32 UT
Maximum eclipse: 11:40:11 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 13:31:34 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 14:40:14 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.531° in apparent diameter, 0.3% smaller than average. The Moon was at apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.497° in apparent diameter, which is 6.5% 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 annular eclipse started in Guyana, then crossed Suriname and French Guiana, clipping a croner of Brazil, before heading off into the Atlantic. It crossed south of Africa, including the Prince Edward Islands, and finished just short of Heard Island.

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 16th eclipse in solar Saros series 144.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 11:40:11 on 22 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 11:41:16 on 22 Sep TDT
Saros Series 144 Number in Series 15
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9352
Gamma -0.4062 Path Width (km) 261
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 7m09s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150157113 km (63.3%) Moon Distance 406475 km (99.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.531° Moon Diameter 0.490° - 0.497°
Apogee 05:22 on 22 Sep UT Perigee 14:08 on 6 Oct UT
Contact p1 08:39:57 on 22 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 09:48:32 on 22 Sep UT Contact u2 09:54:34 on 22 Sep UT
Max eclipse 11:40:11 on 22 Sep UT
Contact u3 13:25:32 on 22 Sep UT Contact u4 13:31:34 on 22 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 14:40:14 on 22 Sep 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.