A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Saturday 5 December, 2048 UT, lasting from 13:00–18:07 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 28 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 160 km wide. It will be seen in Chile, Argentina, Tristan da Cunha, Namibia and Botswana. The partial eclipse will be visible from southern South 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: 13:00:02 UT
Total eclipse begins: 13:58:05 UT
Maximum eclipse: 15:33:41 UT
Total eclipse ends: 17:09:18 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 18:07:18 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.5% larger than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it extremely large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.556°, and at maximum eclipse 0.565°, which is 6.4% 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.

South America

The total eclipse begins in the Pacific north of the Pitcairn Islands, and then moves across to Chile, making landfall at Queulat National Park at 15:03 UT. The total eclipse will last an amazing 3 minutes and 16 seconds on the centreline at this point.

The path crosses quickly into Argentina, where Sarmiento is just inside the southern half of the path of totality; it will see a total eclipse lasting 1 minute 34 seconds at 15:11 UT. Farther north, on the centrline, the eclipse will last 3 minutes 21 seconds. The eclipse reaches the coast at 15:14 UT.

The Atlantic

The eclipse crosses the empty Atlantic out of sight of all but lonely mariners; but lucky Tristan da Cunha is right on the centreline. Even though the eclipse is well past maximum at this time, the island will see a total eclipse lasting 2 minutes and 27 seconds at around 16:47 UT.

Africa

The total eclipse reaches Africa in Namibia, at St. Francis Bay, at 17:08 UT. With the eclipse in its last stages, the duration is only 1 minute 32 seconds in the centre, but this is still a sight well worth seeing. The eclipse finally ends on the Namibia / Botswana border.

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 47th eclipse in solar Saros series 133.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 15:33:55 on 5 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 15:35:27 on 5 Dec TDT
Saros Series 133 Number in Series 46
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.044
Gamma -0.3973 Path Width (km) 160
Delta T 1m32s Error ± 0m28s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m28s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147419560 km (6.7%) Moon Distance 358172 km (3.5%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.556° - 0.565°
Apogee 18:25 on 23 Nov UT Perigee 07:59 on 6 Dec UT
Contact p1 13:00:02 on 5 Dec UT Contact p2
Contact u1 13:58:05 on 5 Dec UT Contact u2 13:59:42 on 5 Dec UT
Max eclipse 15:33:41 on 5 Dec UT
Contact u3 17:07:39 on 5 Dec UT Contact u4 17:09:18 on 5 Dec UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 18:07:18 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: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.