A partial eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 5 December, 2029 UT, lasting from 13:06–16:58 UT. This will be a deep partial eclipse, with 89% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center. This will provide a significant spectacle for those who will see it across Antarctica.

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: 13:06:26 UT
Maximum eclipse: 15:02:32 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 16:58:40 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.5% larger than average. The Moon will be just a day past perigee, making it fairly large. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.552° in apparent diameter, which is 4.0% larger 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 54th eclipse in solar Saros series 123.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 15:02:41 on 5 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 15:03:58 on 5 Dec TDT
Saros Series 123 Number in Series 53
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.8911
Gamma -1.0609 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m17s Error ± 0m11s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating none Total Rating
Sun Distance 147420348 km (6.7%) Moon Distance 360546 km (8.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.552° - 0.552°
Perigee 10:39 on 4 Dec UT Apogee 13:59 on 16 Dec UT
Contact p1 13:06:26 on 5 Dec UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 15:02:32 on 5 Dec UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 16:58:40 on 5 Dec 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.