Solar eclipse of October 12, 1996

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Solar eclipse of October 12, 1996
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Coordinates71°42′N 32°06′E / 71.7°N 32.1°E / 71.7; 32.1
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse14:03:04
Saros153 (8 of 70)
Catalog # (SE5000)9500

A partial solar eclipse occurred on October 12, 1996. 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 partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon's shadow misses the Earth.


A child viewing solar eclipse with smoked glass in western Poland

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 1993–1996[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]

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). All eclipses in this table occur at the Moon's ascending node.


  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.