A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 17 April, 1520 UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 13:33 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 5 minutes and 15 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 226 km wide.

The total eclipse lasted for 5 minutes and 15 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 13:33:50 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.528° in apparent diameter, 0.8% smaller than average. The Moon was just a day past perigee, making it very large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.552°, and at maximum eclipse 0.561°, which is 5.6% larger than average; hence it covered 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 Goddard Space flight Center: GSFC Eclipse Web SiteGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
shows the visibility of the total solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 56th eclipse in solar Saros series 111.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 13:33:50 on 17 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:36:46 on 17 Apr TDT
Saros Series 111 Number in Series 55
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0609
Gamma -0.4825 Path Width (km) 226
Delta T 2m56s Error ± 0m39s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 5m15s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150912868 km (79.0%) Moon Distance 360534 km (8.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.552° - 0.561°
Perigee 09:56 on 16 Apr UT Apogee 16:33 on 28 Apr 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 listingsGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
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 22:11:45 UTC.