Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973

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Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.4171
Magnitude 0.9174
Maximum eclipse
Duration 12m 2s
Coordinates 1.1N 48.5W
Max. width of band 345 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 15:02:44
References
Saros 141 (21 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9451

An annular solar eclipse occurred on December 24, 1973. 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. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun's, blocking most of the Sun's light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1971-1974[edit]

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 25, 1971 and August 20, 1971 occur in the next lunar year set.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1971-1974
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
116 SE1971Jul22P.png
July 22, 1971
Partial
121 SE1972Jan16A.png
January 16, 1972
Annular
126 SE1972Jul10T.png
July 10, 1972
Total
131 SE1973Jan04A.png
January 4, 1973
Annular
136 SE1973Jun30T.png
June 30, 1973
Total
141 SE1973Dec24A.png
December 24, 1973
Annular
146 SE1974Jun20T.png
June 20, 1974
Total
151 SE1974Dec13P.png
December 13, 1974
Partial

Saros 141[edit]

Solar Saros 141 repeats every 18 years, 11 days and contains 70 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 19, 1613. It contains annular eclipses from August 4, 1739 through October 14, 2460. There are no total eclipses in this series. The series ends at member 70 as a partial eclipse on June 13, 2857. [1]

Series members 17-28 occur between 1901 and 2100:

17 18 19
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November 11, 1901
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November 22, 1919
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December 2, 1937
20 21 22
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December 14, 1955
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December 24, 1973
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January 4, 1992
23 24 25
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January 15, 2010
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January 26, 2028
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February 5, 2046
26 27 28
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February 17, 2064
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February 27, 2082
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March 10, 2100

Metonic series[edit]

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 July 31, 1924 and July 31, 2000.

July 31-Aug 1 May 19-20 March 7 December 24-25 October 12
115 117 119 121 123
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July 31, 1924
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May 19, 1928
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March 7, 1932
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December 25, 1935
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October 12, 1939
125 127 129 131 133
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August 1, 1943
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May 20, 1947
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March 7, 1951
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December 25, 1954
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October 12, 1958
135 137 139 141 143
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July 31, 1962
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May 20, 1966
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March 7, 1970
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December 24, 1973
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October 12, 1977
145 147 149 151 153
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July 31, 1981
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May 19, 1985
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March 7, 1989
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December 24, 1992
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October 12, 1996
155
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July 31, 2000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "NASA - Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 141". Eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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