A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Monday 26 October, 2144 UT, with maximum eclipse at 17:27 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 4 minutes and 4 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 284 km wide at maximum.

The total eclipse lasts for 4 minutes and 4 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 17:27:26 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.536° in apparent diameter, 0.6% larger than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it extremely large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.558°, and at maximum eclipse 0.564°, which is 6.1% 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 13th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 17:27:26 on 26 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 17:32:40 on 26 Oct TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 12
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0512
Gamma 0.8037 Path Width (km) 284
Delta T 5m14s Error ± 2m47s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 4m04s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148783262 km (34.9%) Moon Distance 356955 km (1.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.536° Moon Diameter 0.558° - 0.564°
Apogee 09:40 on 13 Oct UT Perigee 19:13 on 26 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.