An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Thursday 7 February, 2008 UT, lasting from 01:38–06:11 UT. The Sun was 97% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 2 minutes and 12 seconds and covering a very broad path, 444 km wide at maximum. It was visible from Antarctica and the extreme south Pacific.

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: 01:38:29 UT
Annular eclipse began: 03:19:43 UT
Maximum eclipse: 03:55:06 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 04:30:55 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 06:11:55 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.4% larger than average. The Moon was 7 days after apogee and 7 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.522° in apparent diameter, which is 1.8% 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.

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 60th eclipse in solar Saros series 121.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:55:04 on 7 Feb UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:56:10 on 7 Feb TDT
Saros Series 121 Number in Series 59
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.965
Gamma -0.957 Path Width (km) 444
Delta T 1m06s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m12s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147531012 km (9.0%) Moon Distance 383321 km (53.5%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.519° - 0.522°
Apogee 04:27 on 31 Jan UT Perigee 01:08 on 14 Feb UT
Contact p1 01:38:29 on 7 Feb UT Contact p2
Contact u1 03:19:43 on 7 Feb UT Contact u2 03:28:44 on 7 Feb UT
Max eclipse 03:55:06 on 7 Feb UT
Contact u3 04:22:00 on 7 Feb UT Contact u4 04:30:55 on 7 Feb UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 06:11:55 on 7 Feb 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.