We’ve already had the partial Lunar Eclipse a week and a half ago, and the counterpart .. the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on this coming monday 21st August 2017. (Eclipses always occur in pairs, separated by 2 weeks, and there are on average 2 pairs every year..).
I’ve downloaded the detailed Eclipse-diagram from NASA website (Eclipse diagram/data (c) Fred Espenak – link at the bottom).
Total Solar Eclipse (21st August 2017) Details:
How long is this Eclipse?
Important point to remember is that, at any one location on the Earth, the actual Solar Eclipse is only visible for few minutes at most. BUT it will be seen at different parts of the world at various times.. and at each part ..for slightly different duration.
Greatest Eclipse and its duration:
This is when the largest amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon.. and takes place at 18:25 hrs (Universal Time= GMT), and will be visible for 2min40sec, from a point in USA (Lat=26’58N. Long=87’40 W).
Penumbral start & end of Eclipse:
There are two types of shadows formed by the Moon when it comes in front of the Sun.. ie the shadow that Earth Passes through. Umbral shadow is the darkest part, where from under it, we see nothing of the Sun. Penumbral shadow is a more lighter part, and we will see the Sun through it..
- P1 : The Penumbral part of the eclipse will be first visible at 15:46 hrs UT (seen from pacific ocean at Sunrise).
- P4: The penumbral part of the Eclipse will be last visible at 21:04 hrs UT (seen from South America – before night falls locally there)
The Umbral Eclipse data:
This is when the Sun is actually visibly blocked by a dark disc (Moon coming between us and the Sun). In scientific notations, we give this 4 sets of readings.. when it first starts (first contact/ start of Umbral Eclipse; 2nd contact; when Eclipse begins to end; when final umbral eclipse fully ends.
- U1 : 16:48 hrs UT
- U2 : 16:49 hrs UT
- Greatest Eclipse : 18:25 hrs UT
- U3 : 20:01 hrs UT
- U4 : 20:02 hrs UT
NASA diagrams created/provided by Fred Espanak, where all this data has been taken from:
Gif animation showing the visibility & times of the Total Solar Eclipse 21st August 2017 (by Fred Espenak of NASA)
Note: The small dot at the centre is the exact location where the Total Eclipse can be seen at a particular time (Universal Time = GMT). The larger grey/blue area shows the area from which penumbral eclipse can be seen at any particular time. The dark sections of the Earth (on left and right) show the night time for those places.
Time: Remember all times are UT (Universal Time which is equivalent to Greenwich mean time). so you must work out local time. For example the dot first appears to the West of USA (in Pacific Ocean area) around 17:00hrs GMT.. This is actually sun-rise/ morning time for those who first see the Eclipse (if they were in the Pacific Ocean).
Visibility data for UK:
From these diagrams, you can ascertain that for us in United Kingdom, about 10% of this Eclipse will be visible around 19:00hrs GMT.
Below is a general astrological chart I have created to show the positions of other planets & Zodiac signs, during the exact moment of this Total Solar Eclipse (Greatest Eclipse at 18:25hrs UT).
If you are interested in doing Esoteric / ritual magical work / energy work, during the Eclipses, I have written a workbook (probably the world’s first book on Eclipse Magic). here’s the link to buying it.