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Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: south Argentina & Chile, south Africa, Antarctica
  • Annular Eclipse: Antarctica

The map to the right depicts the geographic regions of eclipse visibility. Click on the map to enlarge it. For an explanation of the features appearing in the map, see Key to Solar Eclipse Maps.

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 2026 Feb 17 at 12:13:06 TD (12:11:54 UT1). This is 6.8 days after the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Aquarius. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1276.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 121 and is number 61 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s ascending node. The Moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma decreases.

The annular solar eclipse of 2026 Feb 17 is followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse on 2026 Mar 03.

These eclipses all take place during a single eclipse season.

The eclipse predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 72.1 seconds for this eclipse.

The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.

The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17 .


Eclipse Data: Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 0.96300
Eclipse Obscuration 0.92736
Gamma-0.97427
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 2026 Feb 17 at 12:13:05.8 TD (12:11:53.7 UT1) 2461089.008261
Ecliptic Conjunction 2026 Feb 17 at 12:02:18.1 TD (12:01:06.0 UT1) 2461089.000764
Equatorial Conjunction 2026 Feb 17 at 11:19:59.0 TD (11:18:47.0 UT1) 2461088.971377
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
2026 Feb 17 at 12:13:05.8 TD (12:11:53.7 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension22h03m54.3s22h05m34.0s
Declination-11°52'42.3"-12°42'29.5"
Semi-Diameter 16'11.1" 15'32.4"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.9" 0°57'02.0"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l -5.0°
b 1.3°
c -18.9°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 72.1 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 121 (61/71)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP109:57:35.909:56:23.862°23.9'S079°23.7'W
Last External ContactP414:28:51.014:27:38.912°29.3'S059°13.9'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N110:26:17.310:25:05.249°28.4'S077°03.3'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S114:00:06.813:58:54.701°14.7'N063°29.3'E

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU111:44:00.011:42:47.973°52.6'S144°29.9'E
First Internal ContactU211:56:29.111:55:17.069°10.4'S128°14.4'E
Last Internal ContactU312:30:19.112:29:07.053°26.5'S102°40.5'E
Last External ContactU412:42:41.312:41:29.247°34.1'S096°24.3'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N111:44:08.511:42:56.473°56.0'S144°41.5'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S111:56:24.211:55:12.169°08.0'S128°10.8'E
North Extreme Path Limit 2N212:42:33.012:41:20.947°29.1'S096°24.0'E
South Extreme Path Limit 2S212:30:24.112:29:12.053°29.4'S102°41.1'E

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C111:49:27.411:48:15.371°57.6'S136°39.7'E
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C212:37:17.412:36:05.350°06.5'S099°01.7'E

Explanation of Central Line Extremes Table

Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration
Event Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude Sun
Altitude
Sun
Azimuth
Path Width Central
Duration
Greatest Eclipse12:13:05.812:11:53.764°43.1'S086°26.3'E 12.3° 268.3° 616.2 km02m19.63s
Greatest Duration11:49:27.411:48:15.371°57.6'S136°39.7'E 0.0° 228.4° 765.7 km02m20.93s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Polynomial Besselian Elements
2026 Feb 17 at 12:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 0.32195 -0.92697 -11.8793 0.55774 0.01152 356.5144
1 0.48272 0.23554 0.0140 -0.00012 -0.00012 15.0020
2 -0.00003 0.00012 0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 0.0000
3 -0.00001 -0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0047320
Tan ƒ2 0.0047085

At time t1 (decimal hours), each besselian element is evaluated by:

x = x0 + x1*t + x2*t2 + x3*t3 (or x = Σ [xn*tn]; n = 0 to 3)

where: t = t1 - t0 (decimal hours) and t0 = 12.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2026 Feb 17 were generated using the JPL DE406 solar and lunar ephemerides. The lunar coordinates were calculated with respect to the Moon's Center of Mass. The predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 72.1 seconds for this eclipse.

Acknowledgments

Some of the content on this website is based on the book Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1501 to 2500. All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.

Permission is granted to reproduce eclipse data when accompanied by a link to this page and an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, www.EclipseWise.com"

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