During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% larger than average. The Moon was just 2 days before apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.498° in apparent diameter, which is 6.2% 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 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:||04:05:26 UT|
|Annular eclipse began:||05:13:54 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||07:06:31 UT|
|Annular eclipse ended:||08:59:01 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||10:07:33 UT|
The annular eclipse began over the Central African Republic, then crossed DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and the southern end of Somalia. It passed over some of the nortern islets of the Seychelles, then the Maldives. The annular eclipse track passed between India and Sri Lanka, being visible from both countries; then crossed the Bay of Bengal to Myanmar (Burma), being visible also from Bangladesh. It finally passed into China, crossed the country, and finished at the coast of the East China Sea.
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.
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.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This was the 23rd eclipse in solar Saros series 141.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||07:06:32 on 15 Jan UT||TDT Date/time (max)||07:07:39 on 15 Jan TDT|
|Saros Series||141||Number in Series||22|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||0.919|
|Gamma||0.4002||Path Width (km)||333|
|Delta T||1m07s||Error||± 0m01s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Sun Distance||147157587 km (1.3%)||Moon Distance||405389 km (97.4%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.542°||Moon Diameter||0.491° - 0.498°|
|Perigee||20:36 on 1 Jan UT||Apogee||01:40 on 17 Jan UT|
|Contact p1||04:05:26 on 15 Jan UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||05:13:54 on 15 Jan UT||Contact u2||05:21:15 on 15 Jan UT|
|Max eclipse||07:06:31 on 15 Jan UT|
|Contact u3||08:51:38 on 15 Jan UT||Contact u4||08:59:01 on 15 Jan UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||10:07:33 on 15 Jan 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.