A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 16 October, 2126 UT, with maximum eclipse at 09:08 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 4 minutes exactly at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 319 km wide at maximum.

The total eclipse lasts for 4 minutes exactly. Maximum eclipse is at 09:08:23 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.534° in apparent diameter, 0.3% larger than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.558°, and at maximum eclipse 0.563°, which is 6.0% 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.

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 12th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 09:08:23 on 16 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 09:12:51 on 16 Oct TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 11
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0534
Gamma 0.8345 Path Width (km) 319
Delta T 4m28s Error ± 2m15s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 4m00s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149230532 km (44.2%) Moon Distance 357004 km (1.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.534° Moon Diameter 0.558° - 0.563°
Perigee 08:40 on 16 Oct UT Apogee 20:25 on 29 Oct 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 22:11:47 UTC.