Solar eclipse of November 12, 1966

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Solar eclipse of November 12, 1966
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.33
Magnitude 1.0234
Maximum eclipse
Duration 117 sec (1 m 57 s)
Coordinates 35°36′S 48°12′W / 35.6°S 48.2°W / -35.6; -48.2
Max. width of band 84 km (52 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 14:23:28
Saros 142 (20 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9435

A total solar eclipse occurred on November 12, 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. 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 cut a swath across South America from north of Lima, Peru, nearly to the southernmost tip of Brazil.


The NASA Gemini XII mission observed this total eclipse from space:

The Canary Island controller greeted the crew in the morning with the news that there would be a second maneuver - 5 meters forward - to line the vehicles up properly. The prospects panned out richly, and the crew reported seeing the eclipse "right on the money at 16:01:44 g.e.t." Although they thought for a moment, they were slightly off track, their aim had been accurate.[1]

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1964-1967[edit]

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

Solar eclipse series sets from 1964-1967
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
117 SE1964Jun10P.png
June 10, 1964
122 SE1964Dec04P.png
December 4, 1964
127 SE1965May30T.png
May 30, 1965
132 SE1965Nov23A.png
November 23, 1965
137 SE1966May20A.png
May 20, 1966
142 SE1966Nov12T.png
November 12, 1966
147 SE1967May09P.png
May 9, 1967
152 SE1967Nov02T.png
November 2, 1967

Saros series 142[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 142, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on April 17, 1624. It contains one hybrid eclipse on July 14, 1768, and total eclipses from July 25, 1786 through October 29, 2543. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on June 5, 2904. The longest duration of totality will be 6 minutes, 34 seconds on May 28, 2291.[2]