An implementation of Google Map has been created which includes the central path of the 2005 annular solar eclipse. This allows the user to sellect any portion of the path and to zoom in using either map data or Earth satellite data.
The following tables give detailed predictions including the Besselian Elements, shadow contacts with Earth, path of the antumbral shadow and topocentric data (with path corrections) along the path. Also included are special extended version tables of path coordinates and graze zones in formats convenient for plotting on maps.
The following tables give the local circumstances of the eclipse from various cities throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. These tables have a lot of columns and, consequently, are quite wide. To print them, set the paper orientation of your printer to "landscape" and set the scale to about 60%. All contact times are given in the tables are in Universal Time.
The following figures give show the Lunar Limb Profile (via Watts datum) for two points along the central line. Figure 1 gives the profile at 09:00 UT when the antumbral shadow is in central Spain. Figure 2 gives the profile at the instant of greatest eclipse (10:31:42 UT). The limb profile can be used to calculate corrections to the contact times or to determine the graze zones at the northern and southern limits of the umbral or antumbral path (Table 8).
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The following links give detailed descriptions and explanations of the eclipse maps, tables and predictions.
- Map 1 - Orthographic Map of the Eclipse Path
- Table 1 - Elements of the Eclipse
- Table 2 - Shadow Contacts and Circumstances
- Table 3 - Path of the Umbral (or Antumbral) Shadow
- Table 4 - Physical Ephemeris of the Umbral (or Antumbral) Shadow
- Table 5 - Local Circumstances on the Central Line
- Table 6 - Topocentric Data and Path Corrections Due to Lunar Limb Profile
- Table 7 - Mapping Coordinates for the Central Path
- Table 8 - Coordinates for the Zones of Grazing Eclipse
- Mean Lunar Radius
- Lunar Limb Profile
- Limb Corrections to the Path Limits: Graze Zones
- Local Circumstances Tables for Annular Solar Eclipses
The annular eclipse of 2005 Oct 03 is the 43rd eclipse of Saros 134. The series began with the first of ten partial eclipses on 1248 Jun 22. The first eight central eclipse were total, which were then followed by sixteen hybrid events. The first purely annular eclipse occurred on 1861 Jul 08. After the last of thirty annular eclipses (on 2384 May 21), the series will produce seven more partial eclipses before ending on 2510 Aug 06. Complete details for Saros 134 may be found at:
The following links will provide live web coverage of the eclipse.
Permission is freely granted to reproduce this information and data when accompanied by an acknowledgment of the source:
"Eclipse predictions (maps) courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC"
If you have comments, suggestions, corrections and/or additions, please send them (along with the URL address of this page) to Fred Espenak
Eclipse Predictions & Webmaster: Fred Espenak
Official NASA Representative: Dr. Drake Deming
Planetary Systems Laboratory - Code 693
Last revised: 2006 Aug 21 - F. Espenak