Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Solar eclipse of February 15, 1961
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.883
Magnitude 1.036
Maximum eclipse
Duration 165 sec (2 m 45 s)
Coordinates 47°24′N 40°00′E / 47.4°N 40°E / 47.4; 40
Max. width of band 258 km (160 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 8:19:48
Saros 120 (58 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9422

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 15, 1961. 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.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1961-1964[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.

Saros 120[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 120, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 27, 933 AD, and reached an annular eclipse on August 11, 1059. It was a hybrid event for 3 dates: May 8, 1510, through May 29, 1546, and total eclipses from June 8, 1564, through March 30, 2033. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 7, 2195. The longest duration of totality was 2 minutes, 50 seconds on March 9, 1997.[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).

See also[edit]