Total Solar Eclipse
The Last Total Solar Eclipse
The last total solar eclipse was on November 13, 2012. The path of the moon's umbra shadow begins in Northern Australia and crosses the South Pacific Ocean with no other landfall. The moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. The eclipse started at 19:38 Universal Time on the 13th and ended at 00:46 Universal Time on the 14th. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about every 18 months. Totality may last as long as seven minutes and thirty one seconds, though most total solar eclipses are usually much shorter.
The Next Total Solar Eclipse
The next total solar eclipse will be on August 21st 2017. The eclipse will have a magnitude of 1.0306 and will be visible from a narrow corridor through the United States. Te longest duration of totality will be two minutes and forty seconds in the Bainbridge/Sinking Fort area of Christian County, Kentucky. The total will begin 16:48:32 and will end 20:01:35 in Universal time.