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:||07:40:52 UT|
|Total eclipse began:||09:09:33 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||09:45:39 UT|
|Total eclipse ended:||10:21:22 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||11:50:13 UT|
During this eclipse the Sun was 0.535° in apparent diameter, 0.4% larger than average. The Moon was at perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.556°, and at maximum eclipse 0.559°, which is 5.3% 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 total eclipse will be visible from the Faroes, but not from the UK. The lucky inhabitants of the Faroes will see the eclipse at about 09:40 UT. On the centreline, the total eclipse will last 2 minutes and 46 seconds; unfortunately, the islands are somewhat south-east of the centre, and will see a shorter eclipse. Still, with the path of totality being 472 km (293.3 miles) wide, they should still see a spectacular eclipse — if the sky is clear. The eclipse reaches its maximum just after it passes the Faroes, at 09:45:38 UT. A 90% partial eclipse will be seen in north-west Scotland, which will still be a significant event.
Svalbard will see the total eclipse between about 10:10 UT and 10:14 UT. The centreline passes over Spitsbergen, but the path of totality covers most of the island group, so the inhabitants (2,642 of them, according to Wikipedia) would be advised to head for a location that gives them their best chance of a clear sky. At 10:12 UT the eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 28 seconds, and the path will be 416 km (258.5 miles) wide; Longyearbyen, very close to the centreline, will see just one second or so less of total eclipse.
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 2 eclipses:
This was the 61st eclipse in solar Saros series 120.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||09:45:38 on 20 Mar UT||TDT Date/time (max)||09:46:47 on 20 Mar TDT|
|Saros Series||120||Number in Series||60|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0445|
|Gamma||0.9454||Path Width (km)||463|
|Delta T||1m09s||Error||± 0m03s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||major||Total Rating||travel|
|Sun Distance||148968774 km (38.8%)||Moon Distance||357921 km (3.0%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.535°||Moon Diameter||0.556° - 0.559°|
|Perigee||19:39 on 19 Mar UT||Apogee||13:00 on 1 Apr UT|
|Contact p1||07:40:52 on 20 Mar UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||09:09:33 on 20 Mar UT||Contact u2||09:16:12 on 20 Mar UT|
|Max eclipse||09:45:39 on 20 Mar UT|
|Contact u3||10:14:44 on 20 Mar UT||Contact u4||10:21:22 on 20 Mar UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||11:50:13 on 20 Mar 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: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.