Solar eclipse of May 20, 1966

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Solar eclipse of May 20, 1966
Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.3467
Magnitude 0.9991
Maximum eclipse
Duration 5 sec (0 m 5 s)
Coordinates 39°12′N 26°24′E / 39.2°N 26.4°E / 39.2; 26.4
Max. width of band 3 km (1.9 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 9:39:02
Saros 137 (33 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9434

An annular solar eclipse occurred on May 20, 1966. 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. Annularity was visible from Guinea (including the capital city Conakry), Mali, Algeria, Libya, Greece, Turkey, the Soviet Union (today's Russia and Kazakhstan) and China.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1964-1967[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.

Note: Partial solar eclipses on January 14, 1964 and July 9, 1964 belong to the previous lunar year set.

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).