A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Wednesday 18 July, 1860 UT (6 Jul, 1860 Old Style), with maximum eclipse at 14:26 UT. A dramatic total eclipse plunged the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 39 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 198 km wide.

The total eclipse lasted for 3 minutes and 39 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 14:26:16 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.525° in apparent diameter, 1.6% smaller than average. The Moon was just 2 days before perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.543°, and at maximum eclipse 0.551°, which is 3.8% 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 46th eclipse in solar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 14:26:16 on 18 Jul UT TDT Date/time (max) 14:26:24 on 18 Jul TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 45
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.05
Gamma 0.5487 Path Width (km) 198
Delta T 0m08s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m39s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 152016101 km (101.8%) Moon Distance 366564 km (20.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.543° - 0.551°
Apogee 21:34 on 8 Jul UT Perigee 19:07 on 20 Jul 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.