An annular eclipse of the Sun occurred on Thursday 26 December, 2019 UT, lasting from 02:29–08:05 UT. A large annular eclipse covered 97% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a path up to 118 km wide; it lasted 3 minutes and 40 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. It was seen from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Oman, across southern India and Sri Lanka, to Indonesia and Malaysia. The partial eclipse was visible across the Middle East, south-east Asia, and Australasia.

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: 02:29:43 UT
Annular eclipse began: 03:34:24 UT
Maximum eclipse: 05:17:36 UT
Annular eclipse ended: 07:00:54 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 08:05:36 UT

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.542° in apparent diameter, 1.7% larger than average. The Moon was 7 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.526° in apparent diameter, which is 1.0% 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 46th eclipse in solar Saros series 132.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 132, is linked to lunar Saros series 125. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 05:17:41 on 26 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 05:18:53 on 26 Dec TDT
Saros Series 132 Number in Series 46
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9701
Gamma 0.4135 Path Width (km) 118
Delta T 1m12s Error ± 0m05s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m40s
Partial Rating major Total Rating major
Sun Distance 147128523 km (0.7%) Moon Distance 384241 km (55.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.518° - 0.526°
Perigee 20:31 on 18 Dec UT Apogee 01:31 on 2 Jan UT
Contact p1 02:29:43 on 26 Dec UT Contact p2
Contact u1 03:34:24 on 26 Dec UT Contact u2 03:37:28 on 26 Dec UT
Max eclipse 05:17:36 on 26 Dec UT
Contact u3 06:57:43 on 26 Dec UT Contact u4 07:00:54 on 26 Dec UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 08:05:36 on 26 Dec 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.