A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Tuesday 23 August, 2044 UT, lasting from 23:09 on 22 Aug–03:21 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 4 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 453 km wide at maximum. It will be seen in a broad but short path which curves from north-west Greenland, across northern Canada, and down through Alberta to finish in the US states of Montana and North Dakota. The partial eclipse will be visible across north-east Asia and north-west North America.

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: 23:09:09 on 22 Aug UT
Total eclipse begins: 00:44:16 UT
Maximum eclipse: 01:15:20 UT
Total eclipse ends: 01:46:52 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 03:21:54 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.527° in apparent diameter, 1.1% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 2 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.544°, and at maximum eclipse 0.546°, which is 2.9% 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.

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 49th eclipse in solar Saros series 126.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:15:34 on 23 Aug UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:17:02 on 23 Aug TDT
Saros Series 126 Number in Series 48
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0364
Gamma 0.9613 Path Width (km) 453
Delta T 1m28s Error ± 0m24s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m04s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151286501 km (86.7%) Moon Distance 365963 km (19.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.527° Moon Diameter 0.544° - 0.546°
Perigee 23:02 on 20 Aug UT Apogee 20:27 on 1 Sep UT
Contact p1 23:09:09 on 22 Aug UT Contact p2
Contact u1 00:44:16 on 23 Aug UT Contact u2 00:50:59 on 23 Aug UT
Max eclipse 01:15:20 on 23 Aug UT
Contact u3 01:40:14 on 23 Aug UT Contact u4 01:46:52 on 23 Aug UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 03:21:54 on 23 Aug 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: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.