Solar eclipse of February 16, 1980

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Solar eclipse of February 16, 1980
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.2224
Magnitude 1.0434
Maximum eclipse
Duration 248 sec (4 m 8 s)
Coordinates 0°06′S 47°06′E / 0.1°S 47.1°E / -0.1; 47.1
Max. width of band 149 km (93 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 8:54:01
Saros 130 (50 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9464

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 16, 1980. 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 path of totality crossed central Africa, southern India, and into China at sunset.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1979-1982[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.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1979 to 1982
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Map Saros Map
120 SE1979Feb26T.png
February 26, 1979
125 SE1979Aug22A.png
August 22, 1979
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February 16, 1980
135 SE1980Aug10A.png
August 10, 1980
140 SE1981Feb04A.png
February 4, 1981
145 SE1981Jul31T.png
July 31, 1981
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January 25, 1982
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July 20, 1982
Partial solar eclipses on June 21, 1982 and December 15, 1982 occur in the next lunar year eclipse set.

Saros 130[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 130, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 73 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on August 20, 1096. It contains total eclipses from April 5, 1475 through July 18, 2232. The series ends at member 73 as a partial eclipse on October 25, 2394. The longest duration of totality was 6 minutes, 41 seconds on July 11, 1619.[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).