An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 2 October, 2024 UT, lasting from 15:42–21:46 UT. A small annular eclipse will cover only 93% of the Sun in a very broad path, 266 km wide at maximum, and will last 7 minutes and 25 seconds. It will be visible across the Pacific, in Easter Island, and the southern tip of South America, just missing the Falkland Islands. The partial eclipse will be visible across the Pacific and in southern South America.

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: 15:42:46 UT
Annular eclipse begins: 16:50:24 UT
Maximum eclipse: 18:44:51 UT
Annular eclipse ends: 20:39:04 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 21:46:47 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.533° in apparent diameter, around average. The Moon will be at apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.497° in apparent diameter, which is 6.4% smaller than average; this is not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this is an annular eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Interactive Map

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.

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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This is the 17th eclipse in solar Saros series 144.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 18:44:59 on 2 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 18:46:13 on 2 Oct TDT
Saros Series 144 Number in Series 16
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9326
Gamma -0.3509 Path Width (km) 266
Delta T 1m14s Error ± 0m08s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 7m25s
Partial Rating minor Total Rating minor
Sun Distance 149705564 km (54.0%) Moon Distance 406515 km (99.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.533° Moon Diameter 0.490° - 0.497°
Perigee 13:27 on 18 Sep UT Apogee 19:41 on 2 Oct UT
Contact p1 15:42:46 on 2 Oct UT Contact p2
Contact u1 16:50:24 on 2 Oct UT Contact u2 16:56:31 on 2 Oct UT
Max eclipse 18:44:51 on 2 Oct UT
Contact u3 20:32:57 on 2 Oct UT Contact u4 20:39:04 on 2 Oct UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 21:46:47 on 2 Oct 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: 2015-09-17 04:54:30 UTC.