Solar eclipse of October 1, 1940

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Solar eclipse of October 1, 1940
Type of eclipse
Nature Total
Gamma -0.2573
Magnitude 1.0645
Maximum eclipse
Duration 335 sec (5 m 35 s)
Coordinates 17°30′S 18°12′W / 17.5°S 18.2°W / -17.5; -18.2
Max. width of band 218 km (135 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 12:44:06
Saros 133 (41 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9376

A total solar eclipse occurred on October 1, 1940. 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. Totality was visible from Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and South Africa.

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 1939-1942[edit]

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.[1]

Saros 133[edit]

Solar Saros 133, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 72 events. The series started with a partial solar eclipse on July 13, 1219. It contains annular eclipses from November 20, 1435, through January 13, 1526, with a hybrid eclipse on January 24, 1544. It has total eclipses from February 3, 1562, through June 21, 2373. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on September 5, 2499. The longest duration of totality was 6 minutes, 50 seconds on August 7, 1850.[2] The total eclipses of this saros series are getting shorter and farther south with each iteration.


  1. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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