Solar eclipse of December 15, 2039

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Solar eclipse of December 15, 2039
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.9458
Magnitude 1.0356
Maximum eclipse
Duration 111 sec (1 m 51 s)
Coordinates 80°54′S 172°48′E / 80.9°S 172.8°E / -80.9; 172.8
Max. width of band 380 km (240 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 16:23:46
Saros 152 (14 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9596

A total solar eclipse will occur on December 15, 2039. 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.

The totality of the eclipse begins in the southern Pacific Ocean, passing over much of Antartica and closely reaching the South Pole. A partial eclipse will be visible in the southern extremities of South America and Africa. It will terminate in the southern Indian Ocean several hours later.[1]


Animated path

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 2036-2039[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 lunar eclipses on February 27, 2036 and August 21, 2036 occur on the previod lunar year eclipse set.

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).


  1. ^ "Path of Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Eclipse Website. NASA. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 

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