Solar eclipse of June 24, 1778
|Solar eclipse of June 24, 1778|
|Type of eclipse|
|Max. width of band||255 km|
|Saros||133 (32 of 72)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||8985|
A total solar eclipse occurred on June 24, 1778. 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.
This was the first total solar eclipse recorded in the United States. The track passed from Lower California to New England. According to Thomas Jefferson, the eclipse was clouded out in Virginia. This solar eclipse which lasted four minutes over the middle Atlantic and New England States.
This eclipse is a part of solar Saros 133.
- NASA graphic
- NASA Besselian elements
- Total Eclipses of the Sun, By Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894, new and revised edition by David P. Todd, 1900. 
- The Solar Corona in the Eclipse of 24 June 1778 Solar Physics: Volume 216, Numbers 1-2 / September, 2003