A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 8 March, 2361 UT, with maximum eclipse at 01:50 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 6 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 176 km wide.

The total eclipse lasts for 3 minutes and 6 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 01:50:41 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.538° in apparent diameter, 0.9% larger than average. The Moon will be just a day before perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.552°, and at maximum eclipse 0.559°, which is 5.3% 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 25th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:50:41 on 8 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:05:56 on 8 Mar TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 24
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0396
Gamma 0.6743 Path Width (km) 176
Delta T 15m15s Error ± 11m54s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m06s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148265478 km (24.2%) Moon Distance 360582 km (8.3%)
Sun Diameter 0.538° Moon Diameter 0.552° - 0.559°
Apogee 02:21 on 25 Feb UT Perigee 06:19 on 9 Mar 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.