A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Thursday 14 October, 2004 UT, lasting from 00:54–05:04 UT. This was a deep partial eclipse, with 93% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center. This provided a significant spectacle for those who saw it in eastern Russia, Japan and north-east China.

The timings of the phases of the overall eclipse worldwide are as follows. In any particular place it would have been seen for a significantly shorter duration as the shadow moved across the Earth:

Partial eclipse began: 00:54:38 UT
Maximum eclipse: 02:59:20 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 05:04:20 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.535° in apparent diameter, 0.3% larger than average. The Moon was just 4 days before perigee, making it relatively large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.531° in apparent diameter, which is around 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 54th eclipse in solar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:59:18 on 14 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:00:23 on 14 Oct TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 53
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9282
Gamma 1.0348 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149205321 km (43.6%) Moon Distance 375221 km (37.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.535° Moon Diameter 0.531° - 0.531°
Apogee 22:11 on 5 Oct UT Perigee 00:04 on 18 Oct UT
Contact p1 00:54:38 on 14 Oct UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 02:59:20 on 14 Oct UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 05:04:20 on 14 Oct 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.