Solar eclipse of March 9, 1997

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Solar eclipse of March 9, 1997
Total solar eclipse of March 9 1997.jpg
Total eclipse from Chita, Russia
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Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma 0.9183
Magnitude 1.042
Maximum eclipse
Duration 170 sec (2 m 50 s)
Coordinates 57°48′N 130°42′E / 57.8°N 130.7°E / 57.8; 130.7
Max. width of band 356 km (221 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 1:24:51
References
Saros 120 (60 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9501

A total solar eclipse occurred on March 9, 1997. 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.

Unusual gravity variations[edit]

This solar eclipse is somewhat special in the sense that some unexplained gravity anomalies of about 7 10−8 m/s2 during the solar eclipse were observed. Attempts (e.g., Van Flandern–Yang hypothesis) to explain these anomalies have not been able to reach a definite conclusion.[1]

Images[edit]

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Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 1997–2000[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.

Saros 120[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 120, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 27, 933 AD, and reached an annular eclipse on August 11, 1059. It was a hybrid event for 3 dates: May 8, 1510, through May 29, 1546, and total eclipses from June 8, 1564, through March 30, 2033. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 7, 2195. The longest duration of totality was 2 minutes, 50 seconds on March 9, 1997.[2]

Metonic series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Q.-S. Wang, X.-S.Yang, C.-Z. Wu, H.-G. Guo, H.-C. Liu and C.-C. Hua, Precise measurement of gravity variations during a total solar eclipse, Phys. Rev. D 62, 041101(2000).
  2. ^ http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEsaros/SEsaros120.html

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