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Solar eclipse of June 24, 1778

Solar eclipse of June 24, 1778
Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.3127
Magnitude 1.0746
Maximum eclipse
Duration 5m 52s
Coordinates 41.8N 55W
Max. width of band 255 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 15:34:56
References
Saros 133 (32 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 8985

A total solar eclipse occurred on June 24, 1778. 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 total eclipse was visible in a path across Mexico, southeastern United States, and ended across northern Africa.

Observations

This was the first total solar eclipse recorded in the United States. The track passed from Lower California to New England. According to Thomas Jefferson, the eclipse was clouded out in Virginia. This solar eclipse which lasted four minutes over the middle Atlantic and New England States.[1]


Related eclipses

This eclipse is a part of solar Saros 133.

Notes

  1. ^ "Solar Eclipse Newsletter, June 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-13. 

References

  • NASA graphic
  • Googlemap
  • NASA Besselian elements
  • , By Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894, new and revised edition by David P. Todd, 1900.Total Eclipses of the Sun
  • The Solar Corona in the Eclipse of 24 June 1778 Solar Physics: Volume 216, Numbers 1-2 / September, 2003
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