Solar eclipse of August 7, 1869

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Solar eclipse of August 7, 1869
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.696
Magnitude 1.0551
Maximum eclipse
Duration 3m 48s
Coordinates 59.1N 133.2W
Max. width of band 254 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 22:01:05
Saros 143 (15 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9209

A total solar eclipse occurred on August 7, 1869. 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 path of toality was visible from eastern Russia, Alaska, across Canada, and the northeastern United States. A partial eclipse occurred across all of North America.


George Davidson

In 1869, astronomer and explorer George Davidson made a scientific trip to the Chilkat Valley of Alaska. He told the Chilkat Indians that he was especially anxious to observe a total eclipse of the sun that was predicted to occur the following day, August 7. This prediction was considered to have saved them from an attack.[1]

Related eclipses[edit]

It is a part of solar Saros 143.


  1. ^ August 7, 1869, Astronomer impresses Indians with eclipse George Davidson, a prominent astronomer and explorer, impresses Alaskan Native Americans with his ability to predict a total solar eclipse.