A partial eclipse of the Sun occurs on Sunday 6 January, 2019 UT, lasting from 23:34 on 5 Jan–03:48 UT. A moderate partial eclipse, with 71% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, will create an interesting spectacle for observers from north-east China, Japan, and eastern Russia.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. In any particular place it will be seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moves across the Earth:

Partial eclipse begins: 23:34:02 on 5 Jan UT
Maximum eclipse: 01:41:22 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 03:48:44 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% larger than average. The Moon will be just 3 days before apogee, making it extremely small. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.494° in apparent diameter, which is 6.9% smaller than average. This has no real effect on this eclipse, since the Moon's central shadow misses the Earth, making this a partial 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 partial solar eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This is the 58th eclipse in solar Saros series 122.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:41:27 on 6 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:42:38 on 6 Jan TDT
Saros Series 122 Number in Series 57
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.7145
Gamma 1.1417 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m11s Error ± 0m05s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating minor Total Rating
Sun Distance 147102238 km (0.1%) Moon Distance 402627 km (91.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.494° - 0.494°
Perigee 09:53 on 24 Dec UT Apogee 04:30 on 9 Jan UT
Contact p1 23:34:02 on 5 Jan UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 01:41:22 on 6 Jan UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 03:48:44 on 6 Jan 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.