Solar eclipse of May 10, 1994

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Solar eclipse of May 10, 1994
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.4077
Magnitude 0.9431
Maximum eclipse
Duration 373 sec (6 m 13 s)
Coordinates 41°30′N 84°06′W / 41.5°N 84.1°W / 41.5; -84.1
Max. width of band 230 km (140 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 17:12:27
Saros 128 (57 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9495

An annular solar eclipse occurred on May 10, 1994. It was visible over a wide swath of North America, from Baja California across the Midwest of the United States up through Ontario and Nova Scotia in Canada.

The Annular Eclipse of May 10, 1994[edit]

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. The eclipse is either total or annular. In a total eclipse, the moon's size from earth is large enough to block all of the disk of the sun.

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), that is there is a ring of the sun around the dark moon. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide.

The path of annularity crossed four states of Mexico (Baja California Sur, Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua), the United States, the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Nova Scotia and the southeastern tip of Quebec, Azores Islands except Santa Maria Island, and part of Morocco including the capital city Rabat. Niagara Falls was also covered by the path of annularity.



Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 1993-1996[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 128[edit]

This eclipse is a part of the Solar Saros cycle 128, which contains 73 events occurring every 18 years and 11 days. From May 16, 1417 through June 18, 1471 the series produced total solar eclipses, followed by hybrid eclipses from June 28, 1489 through July 31, 1543, and annular eclipses from August 11, 1561 through July 25, 2120. [1]

Metonic cycle[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).



  1. ^ "NASA Saros Series Catalog of Eclipses". NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Eclipse Website. NASA. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 

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