A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Thursday 12 January, 2271 UT, with maximum eclipse at 06:17 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 25 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 182 km wide.

The total eclipse lasts for 3 minutes and 25 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 06:17:38 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% 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 0.556°, 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 20th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 06:17:38 on 12 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 06:28:08 on 12 Jan TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 19
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0379
Gamma 0.7217 Path Width (km) 182
Delta T 10m30s Error ± 7m34s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m25s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147121377 km (0.5%) Moon Distance 358123 km (3.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.556° - 0.563°
Apogee 09:30 on 31 Dec UT Perigee 22:50 on 12 Jan 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.