An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Tuesday 29 April, 2014 UT, lasting from 03:52–08:14 UT. A large annular eclipse covered 99% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in only an extremely narrow strip; however, it was fleeting, lasting just moments at the point of maximum eclipse. It was seen only from a tiny area in Antarctica. The partial eclipse was visible over most of Australia.

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: 03:52:39 UT
Annular eclipse began: 05:57:38 UT
Maximum eclipse: 06:03:25 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 06:09:34 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 08:14:30 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.529° in apparent diameter, 0.7% smaller than average. The Moon was 6 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.521° in apparent diameter, which is 1.9% 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.

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 21st eclipse in solar Saros series 148.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 06:03:24 on 29 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 06:04:33 on 29 Apr TDT
Saros Series 148 Number in Series 20
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9868
Gamma -1 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m09s Error ± 0m02s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150649606 km (73.5%) Moon Distance 382001 km (50.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.529° Moon Diameter 0.521° - 0.521°
Perigee 00:28 on 23 Apr UT Apogee 10:22 on 6 May UT
Contact p1 03:52:39 on 29 Apr UT Contact p2
Contact u1 05:57:38 on 29 Apr UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 06:03:25 on 29 Apr UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 06:09:34 on 29 Apr UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 08:14:30 on 29 Apr 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.