During this eclipse the Sun was 0.525° in apparent diameter, 1.6% smaller than average. The Moon was at perigee, making it extremely large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.557°, and at maximum eclipse 0.567°, which is 6.7% 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.
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:||23:58:19 on 21 Jul UT|
|Total eclipse began:||00:51:17 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||02:35:21 UT|
|Total eclipse ended:||04:19:26 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||05:12:25 UT|
The total eclipse begain on the easten coast of India, then crossed north-east into Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan before entering China. A total eclipse was also visible from the extreme north of Myanmar (Burma). The eclipse track crossed China, then passed over the Ryukyu Archipelago and the Bonin Islands, some of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Nikumaroro, before finishing over the ocean.
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 3 eclipses:
This was the 37th eclipse in solar Saros series 136.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||02:35:19 on 22 Jul UT||TDT Date/time (max)||02:36:25 on 22 Jul TDT|
|Saros Series||136||Number in Series||36|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0799|
|Gamma||0.0698||Path Width (km)||258|
|Delta T||1m06s||Error||± 0m00s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Sun Distance||151994536 km (101.3%)||Moon Distance||357534 km (2.3%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.525°||Moon Diameter||0.557° - 0.567°|
|Perigee||20:17 on 21 Jul UT||Apogee||00:43 on 4 Aug UT|
|Contact p1||23:58:19 on 21 Jul UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||00:51:17 on 22 Jul UT||Contact u2||00:54:31 on 22 Jul UT|
|Max eclipse||02:35:21 on 22 Jul UT|
|Contact u3||04:16:13 on 22 Jul UT||Contact u4||04:19:26 on 22 Jul UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||05:12:25 on 22 Jul 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: 2015-04-05 21:25:26 UTC.