An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 21 May, 2031 UT, lasting from 04:13–10:15 UT. The Sun will be 96% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 5 minutes and 26 seconds and covering a path up to 152 km wide. It will be visible across Angola, Zambia, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, southern India and northern Sri Lanka, the Nicobar islands, Thailand and Malaysia, and Indonesia. The partial eclipse will be visible from much of Africa, the Middle East, and south Asia.

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: 04:13:59 UT
Annular eclipse begins: 05:18:29 UT
Maximum eclipse: 07:14:40 UT
Annular eclipse ends: 09:10:56 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 10:15:26 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.527° in apparent diameter, 1.2% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 4 days before apogee, making it fairly small. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.505° in apparent diameter, which is 4.9% 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 3 eclipses:

This is the 32nd eclipse in solar Saros series 138.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 07:14:46 on 21 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 07:16:04 on 21 May TDT
Saros Series 138 Number in Series 31
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9589
Gamma -0.197 Path Width (km) 152
Delta T 1m18s Error ± 0m13s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 5m26s
Partial Rating major Total Rating major
Sun Distance 151397960 km (89.0%) Moon Distance 400203 km (87.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.527° Moon Diameter 0.497° - 0.505°
Perigee 07:29 on 9 May UT Apogee 02:09 on 25 May UT
Contact p1 04:13:59 on 21 May UT Contact p2
Contact u1 05:18:29 on 21 May UT Contact u2 05:22:18 on 21 May UT
Max eclipse 07:14:40 on 21 May UT
Contact u3 09:07:03 on 21 May UT Contact u4 09:10:56 on 21 May UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 10:15:26 on 21 May 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.