Solar eclipse of August 12, 2026

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Solar eclipse of August 12, 2026
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.8977
Magnitude 1.0386
Maximum eclipse
Duration 138 sec (2 m 18 s)
Coordinates 65°12′N 25°12′W / 65.2°N 25.2°W / 65.2; -25.2
Max. width of band 294 km (183 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 17:47:06
Saros 126 (48 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9566

A total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026. The total eclipse will pass over the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Atlantic Ocean and northern Spain. The points of greatest duration and greatest eclipse will be just off the western coast of Iceland. It will be the first total eclipse visible in Iceland since June 30, 1954 and the only one to occur in the 21st century as the next one will be in 2196. The total eclipse will pass over northern Spain from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast as well as the Balearic Islands. Total eclipse will be visible from the cities of Valencia, Zaragosa, Palma and Bilbao but both Madrid and Barcelona will be just outside the path of totality. The last total eclipse in Spain happened on August 30, 1905 and followed a similar path across the country. The next total eclipse visible in Spain will happen less than a year later on 2 August 2027. A partial eclipse will cover more than 90% of the area of the sun in Ireland, Great Britain, Portugal, France, Italy, the Balkans and North Africa and to an lesser extent in most of Europe, North Africa and North America.


Animated path

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 2026-2029[edit]

Each member in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.

Saros 126[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 126, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on March 10, 1179. It contains annular eclipses from June 4, 1323 through April 4, 1810 and hybrid eclipses from April 14, 1828 through May 6, 1864. It contains total eclipses from May 17, 1882 through August 23, 2044. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on May 3, 2459. The longest duration of central eclipse (annular or total) was 5 minutes, 46 seconds of annularity on November 22, 1593. The longest duration of totality was 2 minutes, 36 seconds on July 10, 1972.[1]

Metonic series[edit]

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).


  1. ^ Solar_Saros_series_126, accessed October 2010

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