Solar eclipse of April 29, 1976

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Solar eclipse of April 29, 1976
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.3378
Magnitude 0.9421
Maximum eclipse
Duration 401 sec (6 m 41 s)
Coordinates 34°00′N 18°18′E / 34°N 18.3°E / 34; 18.3
Max. width of band 227 km (141 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 10:24:18
Saros 128 (56 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9456

An annular solar eclipse occurred on April 29, 1976. 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. Totality was visible from North Africa, Greece, Turkey, Middle East, central Asia, India, China. 5 of the 14 eight-thousanders in Pakistan and China—Nanga Parbat, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I, lie in the path of annularity.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1975-1978[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.

Saros 128[edit]

This eclipse is a part of the Solar Saros cycle 128, which contains 73 events occurring every 18 years and 11 days. From May 16, 1417 through June 18, 1471 the series produced total solar eclipses, followed by hybrid eclipses from June 28, 1489 through July 31, 1543, and annular eclipses from August 11, 1561 through July 25, 2120. [1]

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).


  1. ^ "NASA Saros Series Catalog of Eclipses". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Eclipse Website. NASA. Retrieved 13 October 2017.