A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Saturday 22 July, 2028 UT, lasting from 00:27–05:23 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 5 minutes and 10 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 230 km wide. It will be seen in the Cocos islands, Christmas island, across Australia from northern Western Australia to Sydney, and across the South Island of New Zealand at Dunedin. The partial eclipse will be visible across south-east Asia and Australia.

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: 00:27:23 UT
Total eclipse begins: 01:30:31 UT
Maximum eclipse: 02:55:18 UT
Total eclipse ends: 04:19:53 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 05:23:00 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.525° in apparent diameter, 1.6% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 2 days before perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.547°, and at maximum eclipse 0.554°, which is 4.4% larger than average; hence it will cover the Sun, making this a total eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Indian Ocean

The total eclipse begins in the Indian Ocean at 01:30 UT, then passes over the Cocos (Keeling) Islands at about 01:43 UT. Totality will last over 3 and a half minutes on the centreline, so the islands should have a good view.

The eclipse next reaches Christmas Island, at about 01:56 UT; though north of the centreline, where the duration will be over 4 minutes, the island should still see a spectacular total eclipse.

Australia

The path of totality makes landfall in Australia at around 02:48 UT, between Bigge Island and the Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Both those places will see a good total eclipse, but on the centreline the eclipse will last over 5 minutes as the eclipse approaches maximum.

The path crosses into the Northern Territory at about 03:02 UT; while Tennant Creek will see a total eclipse around 03:18 UT, a much longer eclipse will be seen farther south, where the duration will still be close to 5 minutes. At about 03:26 UT, the eclipse passes through an area north-east of Dulcie Ranges National Park which will also see the total eclipse of May, 2077.

The eclipse crosses into Queensland at around 03:30 UT; at 03:36 UT, it passes Lake Machattie, which will also see a total eclipse in July 2037. It then clips the corner of South Australia before crossing into New South Wales around 03:48 UT, and at 03:49 UT it passes just south of Currawinya National Park, where the total eclipse of November 2030 will be seen. At 03:54 UT, it passes west of the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve, where the total eclipse of 2093 will be seen. At 04:00 UT the total eclipse will pass right over Sydney; residents there will see an incredible eclipse lasting over 3 minutes 45 seconds, with a path 188 km (116.8 miles) wide.

New Zealand

Though waning, the eclipse is still very impressive as it makes landfall on New Zealand's South Island at 04:15 UT, just north of Milford Sound. The centreline of the path of totality passes between Arrowtown and Queenstown, both of which should see an impressive eclipse, and right over Dunedin at about 04:16 UT. The duration will still be over 2 minutes 45 seconds here, and with the path being 170 km (105.6 miles) wide, a large part of the South Island will see a good eclipse. The total eclipse of 2068 ends in the same area. Just a minute or so later, the eclipse passes over Antopodes Island and ends in the ocean.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area will see the total 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 total 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 28th eclipse in solar Saros series 146.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:55:23 on 22 Jul UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:56:40 on 22 Jul TDT
Saros Series 146 Number in Series 27
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.056
Gamma -0.6056 Path Width (km) 230
Delta T 1m17s Error ± 0m11s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 5m10s
Partial Rating major Total Rating major
Sun Distance 151994366 km (101.3%) Moon Distance 364217 km (15.5%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.547° - 0.554°
Apogee 22:26 on 11 Jul UT Perigee 22:15 on 23 Jul UT
Contact p1 00:27:23 on 22 Jul UT Contact p2
Contact u1 01:30:31 on 22 Jul UT Contact u2 01:33:21 on 22 Jul UT
Max eclipse 02:55:18 on 22 Jul UT
Contact u3 04:16:59 on 22 Jul UT Contact u4 04:19:53 on 22 Jul UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 05:23:00 on 22 Jul 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.