Solar eclipse of June 8, 1937

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Solar eclipse of June 8, 1937
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration424 sec (7 m 4 s)
Coordinates9°54′N 130°30′W / 9.9°N 130.5°W / 9.9; -130.5
Max. width of band250 km (160 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse20:41:02
Saros136 (33 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000)9369

A total solar eclipse occurred on June 8, 1937. 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. The path of totality crossed the Pacific Ocean starting in Gilbert and Ellice Islands (now belonging to Tuvalu and Kiribati) on June 9th (Wednesday ), and ending at sunset in Peru on June 8th (Tuesday).

With a maximum eclipse of 7 minutes and 4 seconds, this was the longest total solar eclipse since July 1, 1098 which lasted 7 minutes and 5 seconds. A longer total solar eclipse occurred on June 20, 1955.[1]

The solar eclipse as viewed from Kanton Island.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 1935-1938[edit]

This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse 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.[2]

Saros 136[edit]

Solar Saros 136, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on June 14, 1360, and reached a first annular eclipse on September 8, 1504. It was a hybrid event from November 22, 1612, through January 17, 1703, and total eclipses from January 27, 1721 through May 13, 2496. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 30, 2622, with the entire series lasting 1262 years. The longest eclipse occurred on June 20, 1955, with a maximum duration of totality at 7 minutes, 7.74 seconds. All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon’s descending node.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Espenak, Fred. "Total Solar Eclipses with Durations Exceeding 07m 00s: -3999 to 6000". NASA Eclipse Web Site.
  2. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ SEsaros136 at