How Long Does A Solar Eclipse Last?

A total solar eclipse can last for up to 7 minutes and 32 seconds. But, the partial phases of the eclipse can last about an hour before it is completely over. The annular solar eclipse, on the other hand, can last up to 10 minutes. So, the duration of the solar eclipse depends on where you are in the world and what type of eclipse you are seeing.

What are the different types of solar eclipses?

There are four different types of solar eclipse: total, partial, annular, and hybrid.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun is completely covered by the moon. This can only happen during a new moon when the sun and moon are in alignment. A partial eclipse is when the sun is only partially covered by the moon. 

An annular eclipse is when the moon is in front of the sun, but the sun is still visible around the edges of the moon. A hybrid eclipse is when the eclipse changes from being annular to a total eclipse, or vice versa, during its progression.

What are the stages of a total solar eclipse?

There are five phases in a total solar eclipse:

1. Partial Eclipse

As the first contact, this is where the moon is seen on the sun’s disk. It may seem like the moon took a bite out of the sun.

2. Beginning of the Total Eclipse

The sun’s disk is completely covered by the moon. If you’re in the Moon’s umbral path, you might be able to see the diamond ring effect and Baily’s beads before totality.

3. Maximum or Total Eclipse

This is the middle of the total eclipse when the moon is closest to the center of the sun’s disk.

The moon completely covers the sun’s disk and it becomes very dark outside. You may be able to see the sun’s corona, which is the outermost layer of its atmosphere. The phenomenal “ring of fire” can also be seen during this phase.

4. Total eclipse finishes

The total eclipse ends and the moon starts to move away from the sun’s disk. People who are in the umbral path may see the diamond ring effect and Baily’s beads.

5. Partial Eclipse finishes

The partial eclipse ends when the moon completely moves away from the sun’s disk.

How often do solar eclipses occur?

On average, there are about 2 to 5 solar eclipses per year. An eclipse occurs when the moon is in alignment with the sun and earth, and the three objects form a line. When the alignment does occur, we see a shadow cast on earth. Solar eclipses occur about once every 18 months, but they are not necessarily visible from all locations on Earth.


Witnessing solar eclipses is an amazing experience that doesn’t happen very often. As they appear in very brief moments, it is important to know all the details about them to make the most of the experience. Whether you see a total, partial, annular, or hybrid eclipse, make sure to take the moment and enjoy the natural phenomenon!