Solar eclipse of March 18, 1988

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Solar eclipse of March 18, 1988
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.4188
Magnitude 1.0464
Maximum eclipse
Duration 3m 46s
Coordinates 20.7N 140E
Max. width of band 169 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 1:58:56
References
Saros 139 (28 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9482

A total solar eclipse occurred on March 18, 1988. 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 1986-1989[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 1986-1989
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
119 SE1986Apr09P.png
April 9, 1986
Partial
124 SE1986Oct03H.png
October 3, 1986
Hybrid
129 SE1987Mar29H.png
March 29, 1987
Hybrid
134 SE1987Sep23A.png
September 23, 1987
Annular
139 SE1988Mar18T.png
March 18, 1988
Total
144 SE1988Sep11A.png
September 11, 1988
Annular
149 SE1989Mar07P.png
March 7, 1989
Partial
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August 31, 1989
Partial

Saros 139[edit]

It is a part of saros series 139, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 17, 1501. It contains hybrid eclipses on August 11, 1627 through December 9, 1825 and total eclipses from December 21, 1843 through March 26, 2601. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 3, 2763. Members in the same column are one exeligmos apart and thus occur in the same geographic area.

The solar eclipse of June 13, 2132 will be the longest total solar eclipse since July 11, 1991 at 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

The longest duration of totality will be produced by member 39 at 7 minutes, 29 seconds on July 16, 2186.[1] This is the longest solar eclipse computed between 4000BC and 6000AD.[2]

Series members 24-39 occur between 1901 and 2200:

24 25 26
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February 3, 1916
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February 14, 1934
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February 25, 1952
27 28 29
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March 7, 1970
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March 18, 1988
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March 29, 2006
30 31 32
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April 8, 2024
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April 20, 2042
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April 30, 2060
33 34 35
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May 11, 2078
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May 22, 2096
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June 3, 2114
36 37 38
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June 13, 2132
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June 25, 2150
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July 5, 2168
39
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July 16, 2186

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 August 12, 1942 and August 11, 2018.

August 10-12 May 30 March 18 January 4-5 October 23-24
115 117 119 121 123
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August 12, 1942
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May 30, 1946
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March 18, 1950
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January 5, 1954
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October 23, 1957
125 127 129 131 133
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August 11, 1961
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May 30, 1965
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March 18, 1969
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January 4, 1973
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October 23, 1976
135 137 139 141 143
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August 10, 1980
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May 30, 1984
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March 18, 1988
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January 4, 1992
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October 24, 1995
145 147 149 151 153
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August 11, 1999
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May 31, 2003
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March 19, 2007
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January 4, 2011
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October 23, 2014
155
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August 11, 2018

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