Solar eclipse of August 22, 1998

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Solar eclipse of August 22, 1998
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.2644
Magnitude 0.9734
Maximum eclipse
Duration 194 sec (3 m 14 s)
Coordinates 3°00′S 145°24′E / 3°S 145.4°E / -3; 145.4
Max. width of band 99 km (62 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 2:07:11
Saros 135 (38 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9504

An annular solar eclipse occurred on August 22, 1998. 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 1997-2000[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).