An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on 1 September, 2016 AD UT. A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a path up to 100km wide; it will last 3 minutes and 6 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. It will be seen across central Africa southwards to Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean. The partial eclipse will be visible across most of Africa and parts of the Middle East.
The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows:
|Partial eclipse begins:||06:13:08 UT|
|Annular eclipse begins:||07:17:50 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||09:06:54 UT|
|Annular eclipse ends:||10:55:54 UT|
|Partial eclipse ends:||12:00:40 UT|
An annular eclipse of the Sun is not safe to look at with the naked eye at any time; use proper solar viewing protection at all stages of this eclipse. For more information, see our eye safety page.
The eclipse arrives in Gabon at 07:39 UT, at which point the annular phase will last 2 minutes 52 seconds, and will be visible over a path 124 km wide. The eclipse then moves off over Congo and the Dem. Rep. of Congo, arriving in Tanzania at 08:35 UT over Lake Tanganyika; by this time the duration of the annular phase will be up to 3 minutes and 4 seconds.
The eclipse path crosses south-east over Tanzania, where the maximum eclipse of 3 minutes and 6 seconds will occur at 09:06 UT. It then crosses into Mozambique, arriving there at 09:11 UT, and into the sea at 09:19 UT.
The annular eclipse arrives at Madagascar at 09:39 UT, where the duration of the annular phase will still be over 3 minutes, and the annular eclipse will be visible over a path 101 km wide. It crosses Madagascar south-east, reaching the sea again at 09:51 UT.
Finally, most of Réunion will see the annular eclipse at about 10:09 UT. Although the island is not on the centreline, the duration in the south-west should be quite good, as the centreline duration is still over 3 minutes.
This is the 39th eclipse in Saros series 135. The previous eclipse in this series is on 22 Aug, 1998 AD; the next is on 12 Sep, 2034 AD. The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 31 Jul, 1962 AD; the next is on 4 Oct, 2070 AD.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area will see the annular solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse will be very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse will last longest, so this is where you want to be if possible.
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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
|Saros Series||135||Saros Number||38|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||0.9736|
|Gamma||-0.333||Path Width (km)||100|
|Delta T||70||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||3 minutes and 6 seconds|
|Contact p1||06:13:08 on 1 Sep UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||07:17:50 on 1 Sep UT||Contact u2||07:20:37 on 1 Sep UT|
|Max eclipse||09:06:54 on 1 Sep UT|
|Contact u3||10:53:00 on 1 Sep UT||Contact u4||10:55:54 on 1 Sep UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||12:00:40 on 1 Sep UT|
The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 09:08:02 on 1 Sep TDT.