Partial Solar Eclipse of September 13

Update on September 13: Many in South Africa and at least two expeditions from elsewhere successfully saw the partial solar eclipse. These are several photos taken by Professor Pasachoff at L'Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the point of maximum eclipse in Africa. Click on any photo to see higher resolution.

More images can be found at Schoppy's Eclipse World Tours Facebook page at and Xavier Jubier's Facebook page at

The partial solar eclipse of September 13, 2015 is visible from southern Africa and Antarctica and is followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse.  A partial solar eclipse occurs when the alignment of the centers of the Sun and Moon just misses the Earth surface but the Moon's outer shadow, the penumbra, does reach the Earth.  At the point of greatest eclipse in Antarctica, about 78% of the Sun's diameter will be occulted by the Moon. The maximum partial solar eclipse in South Africa is 44%.

Click on either map to view an enlargement of that map.

As with any solar eclipse, you must use either approved eclipse glasses or a projection method to safely view the eclipse. This will be the last partial solar eclipse before the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse which crosses the United States. Before the 2017 Great American Eclipse, there will also be a total solar eclipse over Indonesia on March 8, 2016 and an annular solar eclipse over Africa on September 1, 2016. 

For further information on this and coming eclipses, consult the authoritative website on eclipse predictions: