Solar eclipse of August 22, 1979

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Solar eclipse of August 22, 1979
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.9632
Magnitude 0.9329
Maximum eclipse
Duration 363 sec (6 m 3 s)
Coordinates 59°36′S 108°30′W / 59.6°S 108.5°W / -59.6; -108.5
Max. width of band 953 km (592 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 17:22:38
Saros 125 (52 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9463

An annular solar eclipse occurred on August 22, 1979. 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.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1979-1982[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.

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).