Solar Total Eclipse 1999
Path of totality
A total solar eclipse will cross the European continent around noon on 11 August 1999. This will be the last total solar eclipse of the millennium. Most of Europe will see a partial solar eclipse, a rare and spectacular event in itself. More than 350 million people will be able to observe it, from all the capital cities of the European Union.
A strip some 110 km wide, from Cornwall, Le Havre, Rouen, Reims, Virton, Luxembourg, Saarbrucken, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Munich, Salzburg, Graz, Szombathely, Lake Balaton, Timisoara, Bucharest, will get the full impact of a total eclipse. In this narrow band, for around two minutes, noon will turn to night.
The totality zone will extend further, across the Black sea, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and India, with decreasing eclipse duration. For most of those who witness it, this will be a unique experience, as for any given place on Earth, a total eclipse occurs less than once every few hundred years.