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Solar eclipse of July 20, 1963

Solar eclipse of July 20, 1963
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.6571
Magnitude 1.0224
Maximum eclipse
Duration 1m 40s
Coordinates 61.7N 119.6W
Max. width of band 101 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 20:36:13
Saros 145 (19 of 77)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9427

A total solar eclipse occurred on July 20, 1963. 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.

In popular culture

The eclipse was featured in the comic strip Peanuts (July 15-20, 1963), with Linus demonstrating a safe way of observing the eclipse as opposed to looking directly at the eclipse. It also served an important function in the plots of two Stephen King novels, Gerald's Game (1992) and Dolores Claiborne (1992) and was featured in a season 3 episode of Mad Men titled "Seven Twenty Three" (2009).[1] John Updike mentioned the eclipse in his 1968 novel Couples, saying "[o]nly one other time had been so ominous [in those years], the Wednesday in October of 1962 when Kennedy had faced Khrushchev over Cuba".[2]

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 145

This solar eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 145, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 77 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on January 4, 1639, and reached a first annular eclipse on June 6, 1891. It was a hybrid event on June 17, 1909, and total eclipses from June 29, 1927 through September 9, 2648. The series ends at member 77 as a partial eclipse on April 17, 3009. The longest eclipse will occur on June 25, 2522, with a maximum duration of totality of 7 minutes, 12 seconds. [3]

Series members 16–26 occur between 1901 and 2100:
16 17 18

June 17, 1909

June 29, 1927

July 9, 1945
19 20 21

July 20, 1963

July 31, 1981

August 11, 1999
22 23 24

August 21, 2017

September 2, 2035

September 12, 2053
25 26

September 23, 2071

October 4, 2089


  1. ^ Episode 7: Seven Twenty Three (Details tab)
  2. ^ Updike, John, Couples (Albert A. Knopf, 1968) pp. 223-4. "[I]t had been ninety per cent at their latitude [near Boston]. An invisible eater moved through the sun's disc amid a struggle of witnessing clouds. The dapples of light beneath the elm became crescent-shaped .... [A] sideways eyebrow ...." Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  3. ^ Espenak, Fred (Project & Website Manager), Statistics for Solar Eclipses of Saros 145, NASA, updated 2009 September 26.


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