A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Wednesday 16 May, 1855 UT (4 May, 1855 Old Style), with maximum eclipse at 02:01 UT. A moderate partial eclipse, with 76% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, created an interesting spectacle.

Maximum eclipse was at 02:01:05 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.527° in apparent diameter, 1.1% smaller than average. The Moon was 7 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.519° in apparent diameter, which is 2.3% smaller than average. This has no real effect on this eclipse, since the Moon's central shadow misses the Earth, making this a partial 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 partial solar eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 13th eclipse in solar Saros series 145.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:01:05 on 16 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:01:12 on 16 May TDT
Saros Series 145 Number in Series 12
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.7624
Gamma 1.1249 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 0m07s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151327603 km (87.5%) Moon Distance 383609 km (54.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.527° Moon Diameter 0.519° - 0.519°
Perigee 02:18 on 9 May UT Apogee 00:23 on 23 May 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 22:11:46 UTC.