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Solar eclipse of February 25, 1952

Solar eclipse of February 25, 1952
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.4697
Magnitude 1.0366
Maximum eclipse
Duration 3m 9s
Coordinates 15.6N 32.7E
Max. width of band 138 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 9:11:35
Saros 139 (26 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9402

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 25, 1952. 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.

The path of totality crossed Africa, the Middle east, and Asia.

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses of 1950-1953

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 1950–1953
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
March 18, 1950
September 12, 1950
March 7, 1951
September 1, 1951
February 25, 1952
August 20, 1952
February 14, 1953
August 9, 1953
Solar eclipse of July 11, 1953 belongs to the next lunar year set

Saros 139

It is a part of saros series 139, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 17, 1501. It contains hybrid eclipses on August 11, 1627 through December 9, 1825 and total eclipses from December 21, 1843 through March 26, 2601. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 3, 2763. Members in the same column are one exeligmos apart and thus occur in the same geographic area.

The solar eclipse of June 13, 2132 will be the longest total solar eclipse since July 11, 1991 at 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

The longest duration of totality will be produced by member 39 at 7 minutes, 29 seconds on July 16, 2186.[1] This is the longest solar eclipse computed between 4000BC and 6000AD.[2]

Series members 24-39 occur between 1901 and 2200:
24 25 26

February 3, 1916

February 14, 1934

February 25, 1952
27 28 29

March 7, 1970

March 18, 1988

March 29, 2006
30 31 32

April 8, 2024

April 20, 2042

April 30, 2060
33 34 35

May 11, 2078

May 22, 2096

June 3, 2114
36 37 38

June 13, 2132

June 25, 2150

July 5, 2168

July 16, 2186


  1. ^ Saros Series Catalog of Solar Eclipses NASA Eclipse Web Site
  2. ^ Ten Millennium Catalog of Long Solar Eclipses, -3999 to +6000 (4000 BCE to 6000 CE) Fred Espinak


  • Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
    • Google interactive map
    • Besselian elements
  • Solar eclipse of February 25, 1952 in Russia
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