Partial, Annular, and Total Solar Eclipses in 1999 and 2000


16 February 1999. An annular eclipse with annularity visible in a path across Australia from west to northeast, extending from north of Perth to near Cairns. A partial eclipse will be visible in the south Atlantic Ocean, southern Africa and Madagascar except its northern tip, Indonesia except for northwestern Sumatra, the extreme southern Malaysian peninsula including Singapore, the southern Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, the southern island of New Zealand, and most of Antarctica. The magnitude will be 99.3%, with a maximum duration of 40 seconds.

11 August 1999. A total eclipse with totality beginning in the Atlantic off the northeast American coast, reaching Europe at Land's End in Britain, and extending through parts of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and India. The magnitude of totality is 103%, and the maximum eclipse will occur over Romania and last 2 minutes 23 seconds. The path Greenland, all of Europe, most of Asia except the extreme east, and with the eastern limit extending southward through Bangaladesh and east of Calcutta in India. The northern half of Africa will also see a partial eclipse.


There will be no total or annular solar eclipses in the year 2000.

5 February 2000. The partial solar eclipse, with a magnitude of 59%, will be visible only from Antarctica.

1 July 2000. The partial eclipse will be visible mainly from the extreme southern Pacific Ocean, not quite extending down to Antarctica. The magnitude will be 48%. The only land from which the partial eclipse will be visible is the southern halves of Chile and Argentina.

31 July 2000. The partial eclipse will be visible from the northern part of Greenland, the northwest of the continental United States (from a line extending through the western parts of the Dakotas through Colorado, northwest Utah, mid-Nevada, and mid-California), western Canada, Alaska, northern Russia, and northern Scandinavia. The magnitude will be 60%.

25 December 2000. The partial eclipse will be visible through all of North America except Alaska, Central America as far south as Nicaragua, and the extreme northern tip of Columbia and Venezuela, including Aruba and many other Caribbean islands extending southeast from the U.S. to the Leeward Islands. It will extend as far east as the Azores. The magnitude will be 72%.

Web sites:

International Astronomical Union Working Group on Eclipses:


Fred Espenak, Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1986-2035, NASA Reference Publication 1178 Revised, July 1987.

Leon Golub and Jay M. Pasachoff, The Solar Corona, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Jay M. Pasachoff, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 5th ed., Saunders College Publishing, 1998.

                                Provided by Jay M. Pasachoff
                                Williams College, Williamstown, MA
                                        01267, USA
                                Chair, Working Group on Eclipses of
                                the International Astronomical Union


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