A total eclipse of the Sun occurs on Sunday 12 May, 2469 UT, with maximum eclipse at 02:17 UT. A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 3 minutes and 36 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a broad path up to 172 km wide.

The total eclipse lasts for 3 minutes and 36 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 02:17:01 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun will be 0.529° in apparent diameter, 0.8% smaller than average. The Moon will be just 2 days before perigee, making it fairly large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon will be 0.545°, and at maximum eclipse 0.553°, which is 4.2% 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 31st eclipse in solar Saros series 155.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:17:01 on 12 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:39:07 on 12 May TDT
Saros Series 155 Number in Series 30
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0466
Gamma 0.4417 Path Width (km) 172
Delta T 22m06s Error ± 18m03s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 3m36s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150850761 km (77.7%) Moon Distance 365365 km (17.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.529° Moon Diameter 0.545° - 0.553°
Apogee 04:47 on 2 May UT Perigee 02:19 on 14 May 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.