Solar eclipse of October 3, 1986

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Solar eclipse of October 3, 1986
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration0 sec (0 m 0 s)
Coordinates59°54′N 37°06′W / 59.9°N 37.1°W / 59.9; -37.1
Max. width of band1 km (0.62 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse19:06:15
Saros124 (53 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000)9479

A total solar eclipse occurred on October 3, 1986. It was a hybrid event (normally, an eclipse which is annular for most of its duration, but with totality either at the beginning, end or at sometime during the eclipse) that did not officially satisfy the definition of totality. Totality occurred for a very short time (calculated at 0.08 seconds) in an area in the Atlantic Ocean, just east of the southern tip of Greenland. The path, on the surface of the Earth, was a narrow, tapered, horse-shoe, and visible only from a thin strip between Iceland and Greenland. At maximum eclipse the solar elevation was about 6°.

This eclipse was the last central eclipse of saros 124 and the only hybrid eclipse of that saros.

Solar Saros 124[edit]

This is the eclipse number 53 of Solar Saros 124.

Saros cycle 124, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 73 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on March 6, 1049. It contains total eclipses from June 12, 1211 through September 22, 1968 with one hybrid solar eclipse on October 3, 1986. The series ends at member 73 as a partial eclipse on May 11, 2347. The longest duration of totality was 5 minutes, 46 seconds on May 3, 1734.

Eclipse date: 03/10/1986

Saros length: 1298 years

Saros duration past: 937 years

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 1986-1989[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 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).


External links[edit]

  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.