A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Thursday 31 May, 2068 UT, lasting from 01:29–06:19 UT. The Sun will be darkened for 1 minute and 6 seconds by a dramatic total eclipse covering a narrow path at most 63 km wide. This will be a sight worth seeing, and will be visible across the south of Australia and the South Island of New Zealand. The partial eclipse will be visible in Australia, New Zealand, 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: 01:29:49 UT
Total eclipse begins: 02:48:46 UT
Maximum eclipse: 03:54:27 UT
Total eclipse ends: 05:00:08 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 06:19:11 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.526° in apparent diameter, 1.3% smaller than average. The Moon will be 5 days after perigee and 8 days before apogee. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.526°, and at maximum eclipse 0.532°, which is around 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.

Australia

The eclipse begins just east of Kerguelen, in the Indian Ocean, and crosses the ocean to make landfall in Australia at Rockingham, south of Perth, at around 03:34 UT. The total eclipse here will last just over a minute; with the path being only 59 km (36.7 miles) wide, most of Perth will not see a total eclipse.

The eclipse passes over Wandoo National Park and over southern Western Australia, missing Kalgoorlie but passing over the north shore of Lake Lefroy at about 03:50 UT. Here the total eclipse will last 1 minute 5 seconds on the centreline; maximum eclipse is just 4 minutes later. At 03:58 UT the eclipse passes north of Lake Boonderoo, where the total eclpse of May 2077 will be seen.

The eclipse crosses into Nullarbor National Park in South Australia at about 04:10 UT, then crosses Spencer Gulf just south of Port Augusta at about 04:31 UT. Port Augusta is close to the north edge of the path and will see only 33 seconds of total eclipse, compared to 50 on the centreline. At 04:23 UT the eclipse passes through an area of the Pureba Conservation Park north-east of Ceduna; this area saw a total solar eclipse in 2002, and it also joins the path of the December 2038 eclipse. Minutes later the eclipse passes by the south end of Lake Gairdner, where the eclipse of November 2030 was visible. Just minutes later again, at 04:35 UT, the eclipse passes west of Danggali Conservation Park, where the eclipse of 2093 will be seen.

The eclipse enters New South Wales at about 04:37 UT, passing north of Mildura a couple of minutes later; it passes right over Jindabyne at 04:49 UT, where the total eclipse will last just 30 seconds. It reaches the sea at Pambula at 04:50 UT.

New Zealand

In its very last stages, the total eclipse reaches New Zealand's South Island at Sutherland Sound at around 05:00 UT; here the total eclipse will last just over 3 seconds on the centreline, and it will be seen from a path just a few km (miles) wide; this area also saw the total eclipse of July 2028. The last gasp of the eclipse streaks across the island and ends at sunset, just seconds later, shortly before reaching the coast.

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 24th eclipse in solar Saros series 148.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:54:28 on 31 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:56:39 on 31 May TDT
Saros Series 148 Number in Series 23
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.011
Gamma -0.797 Path Width (km) 63
Delta T 2m11s Error ± 0m50s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 1m06s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151673212 km (94.7%) Moon Distance 378215 km (43.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.526° Moon Diameter 0.526° - 0.532°
Perigee 09:18 on 26 May UT Apogee 22:06 on 7 Jun UT
Contact p1 01:29:49 on 31 May UT Contact p2
Contact u1 02:48:46 on 31 May UT Contact u2 02:48:53 on 31 May UT
Max eclipse 03:54:27 on 31 May UT
Contact u3 05:00:06 on 31 May UT Contact u4 05:00:08 on 31 May UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 06:19:11 on 31 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: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.