Solar eclipse of February 16, 1999

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Solar eclipse of February 16, 1999
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.4726
Magnitude 0.9928
Maximum eclipse
Duration 40 sec (0 m 40 s)
Coordinates 39°48′S 93°54′E / 39.8°S 93.9°E / -39.8; 93.9
Max. width of band 29 km (18 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 6:34:38
Saros 140 (28 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9505

An annular solar eclipse occurred on February 16, 1999. 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 1997-2000[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.

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).