Solar eclipse of October 12, 1939

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Solar eclipse of October 12, 1939
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.9737
Magnitude 1.0266
Maximum eclipse
Duration 1m 32s
Coordinates 72.8S 155.1E
Max. width of band 418 km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 20:40:23
References
Saros 123 (49 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9374

A total solar eclipse occurred on October 12, 1939. 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 1939-1942[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 1939-1942
Descending node   Ascending node
118 April 19, 1939
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Annular
123 October 12, 1939
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Total
128 April 7, 1940
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Annular
133 October 1, 1940
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Total
138 March 27, 1941
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Annular
143 September 21, 1941
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Total
148 March 16, 1942
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Partial
153 September 10, 1942
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Partial

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

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