Solar eclipse of February 7, 2008

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Solar eclipse of February 7, 2008
Solar eclipse 2008Feb07-New Zealand-partial-Greg Hewgill.jpg
Partial from Christchurch, New Zealand
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.957
Magnitude 0.965
Maximum eclipse
Duration 2m 12s
Coordinates 67.6S 150.5W
Max. width of band 444 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 3:56:10
References
Saros 121 (60 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9525

An annular solar eclipse occurred on February 7, 2008. 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.

Visibility[edit]

Centrality was visible from parts of Antarctica. A significant partial eclipse was visible over New Zealand and an a minor partial eclipse was seen from southeastern Australia.

Observations[edit]

The best land-based visibility outside of Antarctica was from New Zealand. Professional astronomer and eclipse-chaser Jay Pasachoff observed it from Nelson, New Zealand, 60% coverage, under perfect weather.[1][2]

Images[edit]

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Animated path

Related ecipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 2008-2011[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 2008–2011
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
121
Solar eclipse 2008Feb07-New Zealand-partial-Greg Hewgill.jpg
Partial from New Zealand
2008 February 7
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Annular
126
NovosibirskTotalEclipsePhoto-cropped.jpg
Total from Novosibirsk, Russia
2008 August 1
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Total
131
Solar eclipse of January 26, 2009 by Jefferson Teng.jpg
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
2009 January 26
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Annular
136
Solar eclipse 22 July 2009 taken by Lutfar Rahman Nirjhar from Bangladesh.jpg
Total from Bangladesh
2009 July 22
SE2009Jul22T.png
Total
141
(closeup) Solar annular eclipse of January 15, 2010 in Bangui, Central African Republic.JPG
Bangui, Central African Republic
2010 January 15
SE2010Jan15A.png
Annular
146
Eclipse 2010 Hao 1.JPG
Total from French Polynesia
2010 July 11
SE2010Jul11T.png
Total
151
Solar eclipse Vienna 2011-1-4 a.jpg
Partial from Austra
2011 January 4
SE2011Jan04P.png
Partial (north)
156 2011 July 1
SE2011Jul01P.png
Partial (south)
Partial solar eclipses on June 1, 2011, and November 25, 2011, occur on the next lunar year eclipse set.

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, progressing from north to south between July 1, 2000 and July 1, 2076.

July 1-2 April 19-20 February 5-7 November 24-25 September 12-13
117 119 121 123 125
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July 1, 2000
SE2004Apr19P.png
April 19, 2004
SE2008Feb07A.png
February 7, 2008
SE2011Nov25P.png
November 25, 2011
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September 13, 2015
127 129 131 133 135
SE2019Jul02T.png
July 2, 2019
SE2023Apr20H.png
April 20, 2023
SE2027Feb06A.png
February 6, 2027
SE2030Nov25T.png
November 25, 2030
SE2034Sep12A.png
September 12, 2034
137 139 141 143 145
SE2038Jul02A.png
July 2, 2038
SE2042Apr20T.png
April 20, 2042
SE2046Feb05A.png
February 5, 2046
SE2049Nov25H.png
November 25, 2049
SE2053Sep12T.png
September 12, 2053
147 149 151 153 155
SE2057Jul01A.png
July 1, 2057
SE2061Apr20T.png
April 20, 2061
SE2065Feb05P.png
February 5, 2065
SE2068Nov24P.png
November 24, 2068
SE2072Sep12T.png
September 12, 2072
157
SE2076Jul01P.png
July 1, 2076

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Solar Eclipse in New Zealand, meade4m.com: Advisor/Partner: Jay Pasachoff
  2. ^ 2008 Annular Eclipse Professor Jay Pasachoff, Williams College--Hopkins Observatory

References[edit]