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Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961

Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.883
Magnitude 1.036
Maximum eclipse
Duration 2m 45s
Coordinates 47.4N 40E
Max. width of band 258 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 8:19:48
Saros 120 (58 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9422

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 15, 1961. 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. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses of 1961-1964

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.
Solar eclipse series sets from 1961-1964
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
February 15, 1961
August 11, 1961
February 5, 1962
July 31, 1962
January 25, 1963
July 20, 1963
January 14, 1964
July 9, 1964
Partial solar eclipses of June 10, 1964 and December 4, 1964 belong in the next lunar year set.

Saros 120

It is a part of Saros cycle 120, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 27, 933 AD, and reached an annular eclipse on August 11, 1059. It was a hybrid event for 3 dates: May 8, 1510, through May 29, 1546, and total eclipses from June 8, 1564, through March 30, 2033. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 7, 2195. The longest duration of totality was 2 minutes, 16 seconds on August 12, 1654.[1]

Series members 55–65 occur between 1901 and 2100:
55 56 57

January 14, 1907

January 24, 1925

February 4, 1943
58 59 60

February 15, 1961

February 26, 1979

March 9, 1997
61 62 63

March 20, 2015

March 30, 2033

April 11, 2051
64 65

April 21, 2069

May 2, 2087

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 11, 1953 and July 11, 2029.

See also


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  • Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
    • Google interactive map
    • Besselian elements
  • Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961 in Russia
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