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Solar eclipse of November 23, 2003

Solar eclipse of November 23, 2003
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.9638
Magnitude 1.0379
Maximum eclipse
Duration 1m 57s
Coordinates 72.7S 88.4E
Max. width of band 495 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 22:50:22
Saros 152 (12 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9516

A total solar eclipse took place on November 23, 2003 with a magnitude of 1.0379. 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.

It was visible from a corridor in the Antarctic region. A partial eclipse was seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including the southern tip of South America and most of Australia.


Animated map

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses 2000-2003

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.

Note: Partial solar eclipses on February 5, 2000 and July 31, 2000 occur in the previous lunar year set.

Solar eclipse series sets from 2000–2003
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
117 July 1, 2000

Partial (south)
122 December 25, 2000

Partial (north)

Totality from Zambia
June 21, 2001


Partial from Minneapolis, MN
December 14, 2001


Partial Los Angeles, CA
June 10, 2002

142 December 4, 2002


Partial from Belfort
May 31, 2003

152 November 23, 2003


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 22 eclipse events between September 12, 1931 and July 1, 2011.

September 11-12 June 30-July 1 April 18-19 February 4-5 November 22-23
114 116 118 120 122

September 12, 1931

June 30, 1935

April 19, 1939

February 4, 1943

November 23, 1946
124 126 128 130 132

September 12, 1950

June 30, 1954

April 19, 1958

February 5, 1962

November 23, 1965
134 136 138 140 142

September 11, 1969

June 30, 1973

April 18, 1977

February 4, 1981

November 22, 1984
144 146 148 150 152

September 11, 1988

June 30, 1992

April 17, 1996

February 5, 2000

November 23, 2003
154 156

September 11, 2007

July 1, 2011



  • Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson. "Total Solar Eclipse of 2003 November 23". NASA, July 2003.
  • Earth visibility chart and eclipse statistics Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
    • Google interactive map
    • Besselian elements
    • NASA graphics
  • Google Map


  • Prof. Druckmüller's eclipse photography site. Flight over Antarctica
  • Images from Antarctica by Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society
  • [1] APOD 8/5/2004, An Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse
  • [2] APOD 11/27/2003, The Long Shadow of the Moon, Total solar eclipse from satellite over Antarctica
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