Solar eclipse of April 8, 2005

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Solar eclipse of April 8, 2005
Type of eclipse
Nature Hybrid
Gamma -0.3473
Magnitude 1.0074
Maximum eclipse
Duration 42 sec (0 m 42 s)
Coordinates 10°36′S 119°00′W / 10.6°S 119°W / -10.6; -119
Max. width of band 27 km (17 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 20:36:51
Saros 129 (51 of 80)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9519

A total solar eclipse occurred 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]


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Animated path

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 2004–2008[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 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 on April 8, 2005 and 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 .[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).




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