A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Tuesday 10 December, 2216 UT, with maximum eclipse at 03:49 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 51 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 208 km wide.

The total eclipse lasts for 3 minutes and 51 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 03:49:49 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.541° in apparent diameter, 1.5% larger than average. The Moon will be at perigee, making it extremely large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.557°, and at maximum eclipse 0.564°, which is 6.2% larger than average; hence it will cover 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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This is the 17th eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:49:49 on 10 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:57:52 on 10 Dec TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 16
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0421
Gamma 0.7367 Path Width (km) 208
Delta T 8m03s Error ± 5m17s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m51s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147414189 km (6.6%) Moon Distance 357301 km (1.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.564°
Apogee 17:10 on 27 Nov UT Perigee 14:05 on 10 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.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:47 UTC.