Solar eclipse of April 8, 2005

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Solar eclipse of April 8, 2005
Solar eclipse at sunset (2937676527) (cropped).jpg
Partial from Naiguatá, Venezuela
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration42 sec (0 m 42 s)
Coordinates10°36′S 119°00′W / 10.6°S 119°W / -10.6; -119
Max. width of band27 km (17 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse20:36:51
Saros129 (51 of 80)
Catalog # (SE5000)9519

A total solar eclipse occurred at the Moon’s ascending node on April 8, 2005. 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's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. This eclipse is a hybrid event, a narrow total eclipse, and beginning and ending as an annular eclipse.[citation needed]

It was visible within a narrow corridor in the Pacific Ocean. The path of the eclipse started south of New Zealand and crossed the Pacific Ocean in a diagonal path and ended in the extreme northwestern part of South America. The total solar eclipse was not visible on any land, while the annular solar eclipse was visible in the southern tip of Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.[1]


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Animated path


Related eclipses[edit]

Eclipses of 2005[edit]




Solar Saros 129[edit]


Solar eclipses 2004–2007[edit]

This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse 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.[2]

Saros 129[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 129, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 80 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on October 3, 1103. It contains annular eclipses on May 6, 1464 through March 18, 1969, hybrid eclipses from March 29, 1987 through April 20, 2023 and total eclipses from April 30, 2041 through July 26, 2185. The series ends at member 80 as a partial eclipse on February 21, 2528. The longest duration of totality was 3 minutes, 43 seconds on June 25, 2131 . All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon’s ascending node.[3]

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). All eclipses in this table occur at the Moon's ascending node.


  1. ^ Espenak, Fred. "Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 2005 Apr 08 - Google Maps and Solar Eclipse Paths". NASA Eclipse Web Site.
  2. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ Espenak, F. "NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 129".



Coordinates: 10°34′01″S 118°59′13″W / 10.567°S 118.987°W / -10.567; -118.987