A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Sunday 2 September, 2035 UT, lasting from 23:15 on 1 Sep–04:35 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 54 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a path up to 116 km wide. It will be seen in China, the Koreas, and Japan. The partial eclipse will be visible from eastern Asia and the Pacific.

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: 23:15:15 on 1 Sep UT
Total eclipse begins: 00:15:35 UT
Maximum eclipse: 01:55:15 UT
Total eclipse ends: 03:35:02 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 04:35:27 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.528° in apparent diameter, 0.9% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 3 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.537°, and at maximum eclipse 0.545°, which is 2.7% 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.

China

The eclipse begins in western Xinjiang, passing over Ruoqiang very soon afterwards, at around 00:16 UT, with the eclipse lasting around a minute on the centreline. The path of totality crosses China quickly, reaching Datong, Shanxi, at around 00:30 UT; by now the eclipse duration is up to a minute and 43 seconds on the centreline, which passes just north of Datong.

Beijing will see a fantastic total eclipse at around 00:33 UT; the longest duration, now one minute 50 seconds, will be seen from the centre of the track, to the north of the city. The path of totality then crosses Liaodong Bay, and passes north of Dalian around 00:40 UT.

Korea

The track then crosses Korea Bay, and the centre of the total eclipse reaches North Korea north-west of Pyongyang at around 00:43 UT. The duration by now is over 2 minutes, and with the total eclipse covering a path 99 km (61.5 miles) wide, Pyongyang will see a good total eclipse; however, the centreline at Phyongsong will see the longest duration.

The path of totality crosses the Korean peninsula and reaches the Sea of Japan at around 00:47 UT; the centreline passes just north of Tongchon in North Korea, but the extreme northern corner of South Korea will lie just inside the path of totality.

Japan

The total eclipse reaches Japan about 01:01 UT, crossing the Noto Peninsula; Nanao, fairly close to the centreline, will see an impressive eclipse, as the duration on the centreline is almost 2 and a half minutes. Many towns in Japan will see the total eclipse as it crosses to the Pacific coast, passing just north of Tokyo; Ibaraki is about on the centreline, and should see a spectacular eclipse lasting over 2 and a half minutes at around 01:09 UT.

After this the eclipse passes out across the Pacific, ending far south of Hawaii.

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 23rd eclipse in solar Saros series 145.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:55:25 on 2 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:56:46 on 2 Sep TDT
Saros Series 145 Number in Series 22
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.032
Gamma 0.3727 Path Width (km) 116
Delta T 1m21s Error ± 0m16s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m54s
Partial Rating major Total Rating major
Sun Distance 150977914 km (80.3%) Moon Distance 370935 km (28.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.537° - 0.545°
Perigee 02:28 on 30 Aug UT Apogee 23:27 on 10 Sep UT
Contact p1 23:15:15 on 1 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 00:15:35 on 2 Sep UT Contact u2 00:16:36 on 2 Sep UT
Max eclipse 01:55:15 on 2 Sep UT
Contact u3 03:34:06 on 2 Sep UT Contact u4 03:35:02 on 2 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 04:35:27 on 2 Sep 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.