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:||01:34:16 UT|
|Central eclipse begins:||02:36:56 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||04:16:37 UT|
|Central eclipse ends:||05:56:35 UT|
|Partial eclipse ends:||06:59:13 UT|
During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.531° in apparent diameter, 0.4% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 4 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse, the Moon will be 0.530°, which is smaller than the Sun; hence the eclipse will be annular at that point. However, at maximum eclipse the Moon will be 0.538° in apparent diameter, which is 1.3% larger than average, large enough to cover the Sun; and so a total eclipse will be seen at that point. Thus this is a hybrid eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.
The hybrid eclipse starts as an annular eclipse in the Indian Ocean west of Kerguelen, which will see a partial eclipse covering 92% of the Sun peaking at 02:38 UT. The eclipse path moves north-east, with the central eclipse soon becoming total; it reaches Australia at the North West Cape at 03:28 UT, with total eclipse lasting just over a minute on the centreline. Exmouth will see a total eclipse at 03:30 UT, but lasting only 55 seconds, as it is somewhat north of the centreline.
The eclipse then crosses the Muiron islands and Serrurier Island; the area around Bessieres Island will see both this eclipse and the total eclipse of December 2038. The track reaches Barrow Island at 03:34 UT, at which point the central duration will be up to 1 minute 5 seconds; all of Barrow Island will see a dramatic total eclipse.
The eclipse passes over the eastern end of East Timor starting around 04:18 UT; here the total eclipse will last 1 minute 16 seconds on the centreline. Viqueque will see a spectacular total eclipse, as will Lospalos at 04:21 UT. The eclipse leaves East Timor and passes over Kisar at 04:23 UT, then Maopora, Damar Island, and the Watubela archipelago at 04:40 UT. It reaches West Papua at around 04:45 UT, then Biak Island at 04:57 UT. Ater this the eclipse moves off into the Pacific, and terminates over the ocean.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The area shaded blue will see a total eclipse, and the areas shaded red will see an annular eclipse; however, near the edges of each 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 hybrid solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This is the 52nd eclipse in solar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||04:16:43 on 20 Apr UT||TDT Date/time (max)||04:17:56 on 20 Apr TDT|
|Saros Series||129||Number in Series||51|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0132|
|Gamma||-0.3952||Path Width (km)||49|
|Delta T||1m13s||Error||± 0m07s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||major||Total Rating||travel|
|Sun Distance||150266684 km (65.6%)||Moon Distance||375916 km (38.8%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.531°||Moon Diameter||0.530° - 0.538°|
|Perigee||02:23 on 16 Apr UT||Apogee||06:44 on 28 Apr UT|
|Contact p1||01:34:16 on 20 Apr UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||02:36:56 on 20 Apr UT||Contact u2||02:37:03 on 20 Apr UT|
|Max eclipse||04:16:37 on 20 Apr UT|
|Contact u3||05:56:23 on 20 Apr UT||Contact u4||05:56:35 on 20 Apr UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||06:59:13 on 20 Apr 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: 2015-09-17 04:54:30 UTC.