Solar eclipse of January 26, 1990

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Solar eclipse of January 26, 1990
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.9457
Magnitude 0.967
Maximum eclipse
Duration 123 sec (2 m 3 s)
Coordinates 71°00′S 22°12′W / 71°S 22.2°W / -71; -22.2
Max. width of band 373 km (232 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 19:31:24
Saros 121 (59 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9486

An annular solar eclipse occurred on January 26, 1990. 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 1990-1992[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).