Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973

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Solar eclipse of December 24, 1973
SE1973Dec24A.png
Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.4171
Magnitude 0.9174
Maximum eclipse
Duration 722 sec (12 m 2 s)
Coordinates 1°06′N 48°30′W / 1.1°N 48.5°W / 1.1; -48.5
Max. width of band 345 km (214 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 15:02:44
References
Saros 141 (21 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9451

An annular solar eclipse occurred on December 24, 1973. 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 1971-1974[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 25, 1971 and August 20, 1971 occur in the next lunar year set.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1971-1974
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Map Saros Map
116 SE1971Jul22P.png
July 22, 1971
Partial
121 SE1972Jan16A.png
January 16, 1972
Annular
126 SE1972Jul10T.png
July 10, 1972
Total
131 SE1973Jan04A.png
January 4, 1973
Annular
136 SE1973Jun30T.png
June 30, 1973
Total
141 SE1973Dec24A.png
December 24, 1973
Annular
146 SE1974Jun20T.png
June 20, 1974
Total
151 SE1974Dec13P.png
December 13, 1974
Partial

Saros 141[edit]

Solar Saros 141 repeats every 18 years, 11 days and contains 70 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 19, 1613. It contains annular eclipses from August 4, 1739 through October 14, 2460. There are no total eclipses in this series. The series ends at member 70 as a partial eclipse on June 13, 2857. [1]

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).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "NASA - Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 141". Eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

References[edit]