A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on 31 August, 1551 UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 12:50 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 52 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a very broad path, 391 km wide at maximum.

The total eclipse lasted for 2 minutes and 52 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 12:50:32 UT.

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 10th eclipse in solar Saros series 137.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 137, is linked to lunar Saros series 130. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 12:50:32 on 31 Aug UT TDT Date/time (max) 12:53:01 on 31 Aug TDT
Saros Series 137 Number in Series 9
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.046
Gamma 0.9185 Path Width (km) 391
Delta T 2m29s Error ± 0m39s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 2m52s
Partial Rating Total Rating

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.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:45 UTC.