An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on Tuesday 17 February, 2026 UT, lasting from 09:56–14:27 UT. The Sun will be 96% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 2 minutes and 20 seconds and covering a very broad path, 616 km wide at maximum. It will be visible from a small region in Antarctica. The partial eclipse will be visible over Antarctica and south-eastern Africa.

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: 09:56:14 UT
Annular eclipse begins: 11:42:38 UT
Maximum eclipse: 12:11:45 UT
Annular eclipse ends: 12:41:21 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 14:27:30 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.539° in apparent diameter, 1.2% larger than average. The Moon will be 7 days after apogee and 7 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.520° in apparent diameter, which is 2.2% 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 61st eclipse in solar Saros series 121.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 12:11:51 on 17 Feb UT TDT Date/time (max) 12:13:06 on 17 Feb TDT
Saros Series 121 Number in Series 60
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.963
Gamma -0.9743 Path Width (km) 616
Delta T 1m15s Error ± 0m09s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m20s
Partial Rating none Total Rating none
Sun Distance 147833338 km (15.3%) Moon Distance 384468 km (55.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.539° Moon Diameter 0.518° - 0.520°
Apogee 16:53 on 10 Feb UT Perigee 23:19 on 24 Feb UT
Contact p1 09:56:14 on 17 Feb UT Contact p2
Contact u1 11:42:38 on 17 Feb UT Contact u2 11:55:06 on 17 Feb UT
Max eclipse 12:11:45 on 17 Feb UT
Contact u3 12:29:00 on 17 Feb UT Contact u4 12:41:21 on 17 Feb UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 14:27:30 on 17 Feb 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.