Solar eclipse of April 29, 2014

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Solar eclipse of April 29, 2014
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -1.00001
Magnitude 0.9868
Maximum eclipse
Duration -
Coordinates 70°36′S 131°18′E / 70.6°S 131.3°E / -70.6; 131.3
Max. width of band - km
Times (UTC)
(P1) Partial begin 3:52:38
(U1) Total begin 5:47:50
Greatest eclipse 6:04:33
(U4) Total end 6:09:20
(P4) Partial end 8:14:28
Saros 148 (21 of 75)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9539

An annular solar eclipse occurred on April 29, 2014. 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. The center of the moon's shadow misses the south Pole of the Earth, but the partial eclipse was visible from parts of Antarctica and Australia.


Animation of eclipse path
Annular solar eclipse April 29 2014.png
Simulated greatest eclipse from Victoria Land

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 2011-2014[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. Note: Partial solar eclipses on January 4, 2011, and July 1, 2011, occur in the previous semester series.

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).