An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs on Monday 15 March, 2230 UT, with maximum eclipse at 17:51 UT. A large annular eclipse will cover 98% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a narrow path at most 61 km wide; it will last 1 minute and 40 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.

The annular eclipse lasts for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 17:51:49 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.537° in apparent diameter, 0.7% larger than average. The Moon will be 7 days after apogee and 7 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.528° in apparent diameter, which is 0.7% smaller than average; this is not large enough to cover the Sun, which is why this is 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.

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 will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 3 eclipses:

This is the 35th eclipse in solar Saros series 143.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 143, is linked to lunar Saros series 136. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 17:51:49 on 15 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 18:00:26 on 15 Mar TDT
Saros Series 143 Number in Series 34
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.9831
Gamma 0.1964 Path Width (km) 61
Delta T 8m37s Error ± 5m50s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 1m40s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148628204 km (31.7%) Moon Distance 383487 km (53.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.537° Moon Diameter 0.519° - 0.528°
Apogee 19:10 on 8 Mar UT Perigee 16:51 on 22 Mar 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 22:11:47 UTC.