Solar eclipse of April 8, 1959

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Solar eclipse of April 8, 1959
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.4546
Magnitude 0.9401
Maximum eclipse
Duration 446 sec (7 m 26 s)
Coordinates 19°06′S 137°36′E / 19.1°S 137.6°E / -19.1; 137.6
Max. width of band 247 km (153 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 3:24:08
Saros 138 (28 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9418

An annular solar eclipse occurred on April 8, 1959. 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. Annularity was visible from Australia, southeastern tip of Milne Bay Province in the Territory of Papua New Guinea (today's Papua New Guinea), British Solomon Islands (today's Solomon Islands), Gilbert and Ellice Islands (the part now belonging to Tuvalu), Tokelau, and Swains Island in American Samoa.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1957-1960[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.