An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on Wednesday 3 March, 2956 UT, with maximum eclipse at 18:37 UT. The Sun will be 94% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 4 minutes and 57 seconds and covering a very broad path, 318 km wide at maximum.

The annular eclipse lasts for 4 minutes and 57 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 18:37:47 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.539° in apparent diameter, 1.2% larger than average. The Moon will be 5 days after apogee and 11 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.509° in apparent diameter, which is 4.2% smaller than average; this is not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this is an annular 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 annular 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 58th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 18:37:47 on 3 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 19:46:05 on 3 Mar TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 57
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9428
Gamma -0.7598 Path Width (km) 318
Delta T 1h08m Error ± 57m09s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 4m57s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147838423 km (15.4%) Moon Distance 395430 km (77.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.539° Moon Diameter 0.503° - 0.509°
Apogee 20:41 on 27 Feb UT Perigee 21:02 on 14 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 22:11:48 UTC.