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Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973

Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973
Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.4171
Magnitude 0.9174
Maximum eclipse
Duration 12m 2s
Coordinates 1.1N 48.5W
Max. width of band 345 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 15:02:44
References
Saros 141 (21 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9451

An annular solar eclipse occurred on December 24, 1973. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun's, blocking most of the Sun's light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide.

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses of 1971-1974

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.

Note: Partial solar eclipses on February 25, 1971 and August 20, 1971 occur in the next lunar year set.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1971-1974
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
116
July 22, 1971
Partial
121
January 16, 1972
Annular
126
July 10, 1972
Total
131
January 4, 1973
Annular
136
June 30, 1973
Total
141
December 24, 1973
Annular
146
June 20, 1974
Total
151
December 13, 1974
Partial

Saros 141

Solar Saros 141 repeats every 18 years, 11 days and contains 70 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 19, 1613. It contains annular eclipses from August 4, 1739 through October 14, 2460. There are no total eclipses in this series. The series ends at member 70 as a partial eclipse on June 13, 2857. [1]

Series members 17-28 occur between 1901 and 2100:
17 18 19

November 11, 1901

November 22, 1919

December 2, 1937
20 21 22

December 14, 1955

December 24, 1973

January 4, 1992
23 24 25

January 15, 2010

January 26, 2028

February 5, 2046
26 27 28

February 17, 2064

February 27, 2082

March 10, 2100

Metonic series

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).

This series has 21 eclipse events between July 31, 1924 and July 31, 2000.

July 31-Aug 1 May 19-20 March 7 December 24-25 October 12
115 117 119 121 123

July 31, 1924

May 19, 1928

March 7, 1932

December 25, 1935

October 12, 1939
125 127 129 131 133

August 1, 1943

May 20, 1947

March 7, 1951

December 25, 1954

October 12, 1958
135 137 139 141 143

July 31, 1962

May 20, 1966

March 7, 1970

December 24, 1973

October 12, 1977
145 147 149 151 153

July 31, 1981

May 19, 1985

March 7, 1989

December 24, 1992

October 12, 1996
155

July 31, 2000

Notes

  1. ^ "NASA - Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 141". Eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

References

  • Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
    • Google interactive map
    • Besselian elements


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