Solar eclipse of February 26, 1998

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Solar eclipse of February 26, 1998
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.2391
Magnitude 1.0441
Maximum eclipse
Duration 249 sec (4 m 9 s)
Coordinates 4°42′N 82°42′W / 4.7°N 82.7°W / 4.7; -82.7
Max. width of band 151 km (94 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 17:29:27
Saros 130 (51 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9503

A total solar eclipse occurred on February 26, 1998. 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. Totality was visible in Galápagos Islands, Panama, Colombia, northwestern Venezuela, the whole Aruba, most part of Curaçao and the northwestern tip of Bonaire (belonging to Netherlands Antilles which dissolved later), the whole Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Antigua and Barbuda.


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.

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 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).



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