A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 3 September, 2081 UT, lasting from 06:31–11:38 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 5 minutes and 33 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 247 km wide at maximum. It will be seen the Atlantic just south of Cornwall, central Europe, the Middle East, and just touching Indonesia. The partial eclipse will be visible in north-east Canada, over northern Russia, northern and western Europe, and north-west Africa.

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: 06:31:32 UT
Total eclipse begins: 07:26:54 UT
Maximum eclipse: 09:04:58 UT
Total eclipse ends: 10:43:13 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 11:38:30 UT

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.528° in apparent diameter, 0.9% smaller than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it extremely large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.557°, and at maximum eclipse 0.566°, which is 6.7% 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 41st eclipse in solar Saros series 136.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 09:04:51 on 3 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 09:07:31 on 3 Sep TDT
Saros Series 136 Number in Series 40
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.072
Gamma 0.3378 Path Width (km) 247
Delta T 2m40s Error ± 1m06s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 5m33s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150922899 km (79.2%) Moon Distance 357284 km (1.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.566°
Apogee 05:59 on 21 Aug UT Perigee 13:11 on 3 Sep UT
Contact p1 06:31:32 on 3 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 07:26:54 on 3 Sep UT Contact u2 07:29:58 on 3 Sep UT
Max eclipse 09:04:58 on 3 Sep UT
Contact u3 10:40:09 on 3 Sep UT Contact u4 10:43:13 on 3 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 11:38:30 on 3 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.