Solar eclipse of February 4, 1981

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Solar eclipse of February 4, 1981
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.4838
Magnitude 0.9937
Maximum eclipse
Duration 33 sec (0 m 33 s)
Coordinates 44°24′S 140°48′W / 44.4°S 140.8°W / -44.4; -140.8
Max. width of band 25 km (16 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 22:09:24
Saros 140 (27 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9466

An annular solar eclipse occurred on February 4–5, 1981. 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. It was visible in Australia, crossing over Tasmania near sunrise on February 5th, and ended at sunset over western South America.

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
130 SE1980Feb16T.png
February 16, 1980
135 SE1980Aug10A.png
August 10, 1980
140 SE1981Feb04A.png
February 4, 1981
145 SE1981Jul31T.png
July 31, 1981
150 SE1982Jan25P.png
January 25, 1982
155 SE1982Jul20P.png
July 20, 1982
Partial solar eclipses on June 21, 1982 and December 15, 1982 occur in the next lunar year eclipse set.