A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Monday 12 September, 2072 UT, with maximum eclipse at 08:56 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 13 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 732 km wide at maximum.

The total eclipse lasts for 3 minutes and 13 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 08:56:59 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.530° in apparent diameter, 0.6% smaller than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.557°, and at maximum eclipse 0.559°, which is 5.3% 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 9th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 08:56:59 on 12 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 08:59:20 on 12 Sep TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 8
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0558
Gamma 0.9655 Path Width (km) 732
Delta T 2m21s Error ± 0m55s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m13s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150570247 km (71.9%) Moon Distance 357488 km (2.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.530° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.559°
Perigee 01:15 on 12 Sep UT Apogee 03:12 on 25 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.