Solar eclipse of March 29, 2006
|Solar eclipse of March 29, 2006|
Totality from Side, Turkey
|Type of eclipse|
|Duration||247 sec (4 m 7 s)|
|Max. width of band||184 km (114 mi)|
|(P1) Partial begin||7:36:50|
|(U1) Total begin||8:34:20|
|(U4) Total end||11:47:55|
|(P4) Partial end||12:45:35|
|Saros||139 (29 of 71)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||9521|
A total solar eclipse occurred on March 28–29, 2006. 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. It was visible from a narrow corridor which traversed half the Earth. The magnitude, that is, the ratio between the apparent sizes of the Moon and that of the Sun, was 1.052, and it was part of Saros 139.
The path of totality of the Moon's shadow began at sunrise in Brazil and extended across the Atlantic to Africa, traveling across Ghana, the southeastern tip of Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Libya, and a small corner of northwest Egypt, from there across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece (Kastellórizo) and Turkey, then across the Black Sea via Georgia, Russia, and Kazakhstan to Western Mongolia, where it ended at sunset. A partial eclipse was seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including the northern two-thirds of Africa, the whole of Europe, and Central Asia.
People around the world gathered in areas where the eclipse was visible to view the event. The Manchester Astronomical Society, the Malaysian Space Agency, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, as well as dozens of tour groups met at the Apollo temple and the theater in Side, Turkey. The San Francisco Exploratorium featured a live webcast from the site, where thousands of observers were seated in the ancient, Roman-style theater.
Almost all actively visited areas in the path of totality had perfect weather. Many observers reported an unusually beautiful eclipse, with many or all effects visible, and a very nice corona, despite the proximity to the solar minimum. The partial phase of the eclipse was also visible from the International Space Station, where the astronauts on board took spectacular pictures of the moon's shadow on Earth's surface. It initially appeared as though an orbit correction set for the middle of March would bring the ISS into the path of totality, but this correction was postponed.
Sahara, Libya, 12:11 local time (10:11 UTC)
Valencia, Spain, 12:16 local time (10:16 UTC)
Smolyan, Bulgaria, 13:30 local time (10:30 UTC)
Side, Turkey, 13:55 local time (10:55 UTC)
Berkhamsted, England, 12:01 local time (11:01 UTC)
Novosibirsk, Russia, 18:42 local time (11:42 UTC)
Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 20:21 local time (12:11 UTC)
Kalmykia, Russia, 16:22 local time (12:22 UTC)
Degania A, Israel: The Solar Eclipse
The satellite responsible for SKY Network Television, a New Zealand pay TV company, failed the day after this eclipse at around 1900 local time. While SKY didn't directly attribute the failure to the eclipse, they said in a media release that it took longer to resolve the issue because of it, but this claim was refuted by astronomers. The main reason for the failure was because of an aging and increasingly faulty satellite.
This solar eclipse was preceded by the penumbral lunar eclipse on March 14, 2006.
Solar eclipses 2004–2007
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.
|Solar eclipse series sets from 2004–2007|
|Ascending node||Descending node|
|119||2004 April 19
|124||2004 October 14|
Partial from Pico Naiguatá
|2005 April 8
Annular from Madrid, Spain
|2005 October 3|
Total from Side, Turkey
|2006 March 29
Partial from São Paulo, Brazil
|2006 September 22|
From Jaipur, India
|2007 March 19
From Córdoba, Argentina
|2007 September 11|
It is a part of saros series 139, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 17, 1501. It contains hybrid eclipses on August 11, 1627 through December 9, 1825 and total eclipses from December 21, 1843 through March 26, 2601. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 3, 2763. Members in the same column are one exeligmos apart and thus occur in the same geographic area.
|Series members 24–39 occur between 1901 and 2100|
February 3, 1916
February 14, 1934
February 25, 1952
March 7, 1970
March 18, 1988
March 29, 2006
April 8, 2024
April 20, 2042
April 30, 2060
May 11, 2078
May 22, 2096
June 3, 2114
June 13, 2132
June 25, 2150
July 5, 2168
July 16, 2186
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).
|21 eclipse events, progressing from north to south between June 10, 1964, and August 21, 2036|
|June 10–11||March 27–29||January 15–16||November 3||August 21–22|
June 10, 1964
March 28, 1968
January 16, 1972
November 3, 1975
August 22, 1979
June 11, 1983
March 29, 1987
January 15, 1991
November 3, 1994
August 22, 1998
June 10, 2002
March 29, 2006
January 15, 2010
November 3, 2013
August 21, 2017
June 10, 2021
March 29, 2025
January 14, 2029
November 3, 2032
August 21, 2036
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- Prof. Druckmüller's eclipse photography site. Turkey, Cappadocia
- Prof. Druckmüller's eclipse photography site. Egypt
- Prof. Druckmüller's eclipse photography site. Libya
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- Another set of total eclipse photographs from Turkey
- Photo gallery from Turkey
- Phases of solar eclipse view from Antalya
- NASA videos and photos from Libya and Turkey
- Pictures taken from Smolyan, Bulgaria
- NASA video of eclipse
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- Antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov APOD, 4/8/2006, Vanishing Umbra, from Mount Hasan southeast of İncesu, Aksaray, Turkey
- The 2006 Eclipse in Turkey
- Russian scientist observed eclipse
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-  Solar Eclipse over Kemer, Turkey 060329
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