Solar eclipse of July 31, 1962

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Solar eclipse of July 31, 1962
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma -0.113
Magnitude 0.9716
Maximum eclipse
Duration 213 sec (3 m 33 s)
Coordinates 12°00′N 5°42′W / 12°N 5.7°W / 12; -5.7
Max. width of band 103 km (64 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 12:25:33
Saros 135 (36 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9425

An annular solar eclipse occurred on July 31, 1962. 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 1961-1964[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 1961-1964
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Map Saros Map
120 SE1961Feb15T.png
February 15, 1961
125 SE1961Aug11A.png
August 11, 1961
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February 5, 1962
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July 31, 1962
140 SE1963Jan25A.png
January 25, 1963
145 SE1963Jul20T.png
July 20, 1963
150 SE1964Jan14P.png
January 14, 1964
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July 9, 1964
Partial solar eclipses of June 10, 1964 and December 4, 1964 belong in the next lunar year set.

Inex series[edit]

This eclipse is a part of the long period inex cycle, repeating at alternating nodes, every 358 synodic months (≈ 10,571.95 days, or 29 years minus 20 days). Their appearance and longitude are irregular due to a lack of synchronization with the anomalistic month (period of perigee). However, groupings of 3 inex cycles (≈ 87 years minus 2 months) comes close (≈ 1,151.02 anomalistic months), so eclipses are similar in these groupings.

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).