Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961

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Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.883
Magnitude 1.036
Maximum eclipse
Duration 2m 45s
Coordinates 47.4N 40E
Max. width of band 258 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 8:19:48
References
Saros 120 (58 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9422

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 15, 1961. 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[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1961-1964[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.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1961-1964
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
120 SE1961Feb15T.png
February 15, 1961
Total
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August 11, 1961
Annular
130 SE1962Feb05T.png
February 5, 1962
Total
135 SE1962Jul31A.png
July 31, 1962
Annular
140 SE1963Jan25A.png
January 25, 1963
Annular
145 SE1963Jul20T.png
July 20, 1963
Total
150 SE1964Jan14P.png
January 14, 1964
Partial
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July 9, 1964
Partial
Partial solar eclipses of June 10, 1964 and December 4, 1964 belong in the next lunar year set.

Saros 120[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 120, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 27, 933 AD, and reached an annular eclipse on August 11, 1059. It was a hybrid event for 3 dates: May 8, 1510, through May 29, 1546, and total eclipses from June 8, 1564, through March 30, 2033. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 7, 2195. The longest duration of totality was 2 minutes, 16 seconds on August 12, 1654.[1]

Series members 55–65 occur between 1901 and 2100:

55 56 57
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January 14, 1907
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January 24, 1925
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February 4, 1943
58 59 60
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February 15, 1961
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February 26, 1979
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March 9, 1997
61 62 63
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March 20, 2015
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March 30, 2033
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April 11, 2051
64 65
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April 21, 2069
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May 2, 2087

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 11, 1953 and July 11, 2029.

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