Solar eclipse of January 16, 1972

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Solar eclipse of January 16, 1972
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.9365
Magnitude 0.9692
Maximum eclipse
Duration 113 sec (1 m 53 s)
Coordinates 74°54′S 107°42′E / 74.9°S 107.7°E / -74.9; 107.7
Max. width of band 321 km (199 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 11:03:22
Saros 121 (58 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9447

An annular solar eclipse occurred on January 16, 1972. 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 of 1971–1974[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.

Note: Partial solar eclipses on February 25, 1971 and August 20, 1971 occur in the next lunar year set.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1971-1974
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Map Saros Map
116 SE1971Jul22P.png
July 22, 1971
121 SE1972Jan16A.png
January 16, 1972
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July 10, 1972
131 SE1973Jan04A.png
January 4, 1973
136 SE1973Jun30T.png
June 30, 1973
141 SE1973Dec24A.png
December 24, 1973
146 SE1974Jun20T.png
June 20, 1974
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December 13, 1974

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).