An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Sunday 16 January, 1972 UT, with maximum eclipse at 11:02 UT. The Sun was 97% covered in a moderate annular eclipse, lasting 1 minute and 53 seconds and covering a very broad path, 321 km wide at maximum.

The annular eclipse lasted for 1 minute and 53 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 11:02:40 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% larger than average. The Moon was 7 days after apogee and 6 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.525° in apparent diameter, which is 1.1% smaller than average; this was not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this was an annular eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the annular solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

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 annular 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 58th eclipse in solar Saros series 121.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 121, is linked to lunar Saros series 114. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 11:02:40 on 16 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 11:03:22 on 16 Jan TDT
Saros Series 121 Number in Series 57
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9692
Gamma -0.9365 Path Width (km) 321
Delta T 0m42s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 1m53s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147157657 km (1.3%) Moon Distance 381071 km (49.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.522° - 0.525°
Apogee 03:33 on 9 Jan UT Perigee 05:33 on 22 Jan 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, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.