A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 23 September, 2071 UT, lasting from 14:36–19:59 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 11 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a path up to 116 km wide. It will be seen across Mexico, the Caribbean, and north-eastern South America. The partial eclipse will be visible over most of the Americas.

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: 14:36:38 UT
Total eclipse begins: 15:35:06 UT
Maximum eclipse: 17:18:10 UT
Total eclipse ends: 19:01:19 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 19:59:52 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.531° in apparent diameter, 0.3% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 2 days past perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.540°, and at maximum eclipse 0.549°, which is 3.4% 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.

A total eclipse of the Sun will begin in the north Pacific, and run south-east through northern Mexico, passing within a few km (miles) of the southernmost tip of Texas; it will then cross the Yucatan, the Caribbean, and the north-eastern countries of South America.

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 25th eclipse in solar Saros series 145.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 17:18:09 on 23 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 17:20:28 on 23 Sep TDT
Saros Series 145 Number in Series 24
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0333
Gamma 0.262 Path Width (km) 116
Delta T 2m19s Error ± 0m54s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m11s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150141740 km (63.0%) Moon Distance 368710 km (24.5%)
Sun Diameter 0.531° Moon Diameter 0.540° - 0.549°
Perigee 04:03 on 21 Sep UT Apogee 23:38 on 2 Oct UT
Contact p1 14:36:38 on 23 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 15:35:06 on 23 Sep UT Contact u2 15:36:06 on 23 Sep UT
Max eclipse 17:18:10 on 23 Sep UT
Contact u3 19:00:23 on 23 Sep UT Contact u4 19:01:19 on 23 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 19:59:52 on 23 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: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.