Solar eclipse of August 31, 1970

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Solar eclipse of August 31, 1970
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.5364
Magnitude 0.94
Maximum eclipse
Duration 407 sec (6 m 47 s)
Coordinates 20°18′S 164°00′W / 20.3°S 164°W / -20.3; -164
Max. width of band 258 km (160 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 21:55:30
Saros 144 (14 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9443

An annular solar eclipse occurred on August 31, 1970. 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 the Territory of Papua and New Guinea (today's Papua New Guinea), Gilbert and Ellice Islands (the part that belongs to Tuvalu now), West Samoa (name changed to Samoa later) and the whole American Samoa except Swains Island.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1968-1971[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.