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:||00:41:05 UT|
|Total eclipse begins:||01:38:34 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||03:19:26 UT|
|Total eclipse ends:||05:00:20 UT|
|Partial eclipse ends:||05:57:53 UT|
During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.6% larger than average. The Moon will be just a day past perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.551°, and at maximum eclipse 0.560°, which is 5.4% 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.
The eclipse begins in the Indian Ocean east of Reunion. It crosses the ocean and passes south of Cape Leeuwin to make landfall in South Australia, near Port Lincoln, at around 03:16 UT. The total eclipse will last 2 minutes 58 seconds on the centreline here, and the path of totality will be 119 km (73.9 miles) wide.
The eclipse reaches its maximum just 3 minutes later; it then passes north-east of Kadina, where the total eclipse of December 2038 was visible, and jsut a minute later west of Danggali Conservation Park, where the eclipse of 2068 was seen.
The eclipse enters New South Wales at 03:30 UT. It passes just south of Broken Hill, but right over Menindee at 03:34 UT; at 03:46 UT, it passes west of the Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve, where the total eclipse of 2028 was seen. The total eclipse then passes over Moree at 03:53 UT, the duration being down to 2 minutes 44 seconds by that time. The total eclipse reaches the ocean at Helensvale, just south of Brisbane, at 04:02 UT, with a total duration of 2 minutes 37 seconds. The same area also saw the total eclipse of July 2037.
The eclipse reaches New Caledonia at 04:30 UT. Though the eclipse is dwindling by now, the duration on the centreline is still an impressive 2 minutes 4 seconds, as the path of totality passes over the island from Moindou Bay to Nakety Bay. The island of Lifou is next to see the total eclipse at 04:32 UT, with the whole island basically seeing a spectacular eclipse.
The eclipse makes its final appearance over land in the southern islands of Vanuatu, being visible as total in Tanna, Aniwa and Futuna; southern Tanna will see 1 minute 53 seconds of total eclipse at 04:36 UT, Futuna sees 1 minute and 45 seconds, just a minute later.
The total eclipse just misses Fiji, which will see a partial eclipse covering 94% of the Sun, peaking at 04:45 UT; the total eclipse track passes between Samoa and Tokelau, and then finishes over the ocean.
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.
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.)
This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:
This is the 27th eclipse in solar Saros series 142.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:
|UT Date/time (max)||03:19:10 on 27 Jan UT||TDT Date/time (max)||03:22:16 on 27 Jan TDT|
|Saros Series||142||Number in Series||26|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.034|
|Gamma||-0.2737||Path Width (km)||119|
|Delta T||3m06s||Error||± 1m23s (95%)|
|Penumbral Duration||Partial Duration|
|Partial Rating||Total Rating|
|Sun Distance||147306882 km (4.4%)||Moon Distance||361580 km (10.3%)|
|Sun Diameter||0.541°||Moon Diameter||0.551° - 0.560°|
|Perigee||18:40 on 25 Jan UT||Apogee||19:27 on 6 Feb UT|
|Contact p1||00:41:05 on 27 Jan UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||01:38:34 on 27 Jan UT||Contact u2||01:39:34 on 27 Jan UT|
|Max eclipse||03:19:26 on 27 Jan UT|
|Contact u3||04:59:23 on 27 Jan UT||Contact u4||05:00:20 on 27 Jan UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||05:57:53 on 27 Jan UT|
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.