Solar eclipse of December 14, 2020

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Solar eclipse of December 14, 2020
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.2939
Magnitude 1.0254
Maximum eclipse
Duration 130 sec (2 m 10 s)
Coordinates 40°18′S 67°54′W / 40.3°S 67.9°W / -40.3; -67.9
Max. width of band 90 km (56 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 16:14:39
References
Saros 142 (23 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9554

A total solar eclipse will occur on December 14, 2020. 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.

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Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 2018-2021[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.

Note: Partial solar eclipses on February 15, 2018, and August 11, 2018, occur during the previous semester series.

Saros 142[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 142, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on April 17, 1624. It contains one hybrid eclipse on July 14, 1768, and total eclipses from July 25, 1786 through October 29, 2543. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on June 5, 2904. The longest duration of totality will be 6 minutes, 34 seconds on May 28, 2291.[1]

Metonic cycle[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).

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