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Solar eclipse of March 18, 1988

Solar eclipse of March 18, 1988
Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.4188
Magnitude 1.0464
Maximum eclipse
Duration 3m 46s
Coordinates 20.7N 140E
Max. width of band 169 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 1:58:56
References
Saros 139 (28 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9482

A total solar eclipse occurred on March 18, 1988. 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 1986-1989

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 1986-1989
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
119
April 9, 1986
Partial
124
October 3, 1986
Hybrid
129
March 29, 1987
Hybrid
134
September 23, 1987
Annular
139
March 18, 1988
Total
144
September 11, 1988
Annular
149
March 7, 1989
Partial
154
August 31, 1989
Partial

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
39

July 16, 2186

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 August 12, 1942 and August 11, 2018.

August 10-12 May 30 March 18 January 4-5 October 23-24
115 117 119 121 123

August 12, 1942

May 30, 1946

March 18, 1950

January 5, 1954

October 23, 1957
125 127 129 131 133

August 11, 1961

May 30, 1965

March 18, 1969

January 4, 1973

October 23, 1976
135 137 139 141 143

August 10, 1980

May 30, 1984

March 18, 1988

January 4, 1992

October 24, 1995
145 147 149 151 153

August 11, 1999

May 31, 2003

March 19, 2007

January 4, 2011

October 23, 2014
155

August 11, 2018

References

  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

External links

  • Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
    • Google interactive map
    • Besselian elements
  • Foto Solar eclipse of March 18, 1988

Photos:

  • The 1988 Eclipse in The Philippines
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