Solar eclipse of March 29, 1987

A total solar eclipse occurred on March 29, 1987. It was a hybrid eclipse, with only a small portion of the central path as total, lasting a maximum of only 8 seconds. 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. Totality of this eclipse was not visible on any land, while annularity was visible in southern Argentina, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan (part of the path of annularity crossed today's South Sudan), Ethiopia, Djibouti and northern Somalia.

Solar eclipse of March 29, 1987
SE1987Mar29H
Map
Type of eclipse
Nature Hybrid
Gamma -0.3053
Magnitude 1.0013
Maximum eclipse
Duration 8 sec (0 m 8 s)
Coordinates 12°18′S 2°18′W / 12.3°S 2.3°W
Max. width of band 5 km (3.1 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse 12:49:47
References
Saros 129 (50 of 80)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9480

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses of 1986-1989

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.

Solar eclipse series sets from 1986-1989
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Map Saros Map
119 SE1986Apr09P
April 9, 1986
Partial
124 SE1986Oct03H
October 3, 1986
Hybrid
129 SE1987Mar29H
March 29, 1987
Hybrid
134 SE1987Sep23A
September 23, 1987
Annular
139 SE1988Mar18T
March 18, 1988
Total
144 SE1988Sep11A
September 11, 1988
Annular
149 SE1989Mar07P
March 7, 1989
Partial
154 SE1989Aug31P
August 31, 1989
Partial

Saros 129

It is a part of Saros cycle 129, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 80 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on October 3, 1103. It contains annular eclipses on May 6, 1464 through March 18, 1969, hybrid eclipses on April 8, 2005 and April 20, 2023 and total eclipses from April 30, 2041 through July 26, 2185. The series ends at member 80 as a partial eclipse on February 21, 2528. The longest duration of totality was 3 minutes, 43 seconds on June 25, 2131 .[1]

Series members 46-56 occur between 1901 and 2100:
46 47 48
SE1915Feb14A
February 14, 1915
SE1933Feb24A
February 24, 1933
SE1951Mar07A
March 7, 1951
49 50 51
SE1969Mar18A
March 18, 1969
SE1987Mar29H
March 29, 1987
SE2005Apr08H
April 8, 2005
52 53 54
SE2023Apr20H
April 20, 2023
SE2041Apr30T
April 30, 2041
SE2059May11T
May 11, 2059
55 56
SE2077May22T
May 22, 2077
SE2095Jun02T
June 2, 2095

Metonic series

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).

21 eclipse events, progressing from north to south between June 10, 1964, and August 21, 2036
June 10–11 March 27–29 January 15–16 November 3 August 21–22
117 119 121 123 125
SE1964Jun10P
June 10, 1964
SE1968Mar28P
March 28, 1968
SE1972Jan16A
January 16, 1972
SE1975Nov03P
November 3, 1975
SE1979Aug22A
August 22, 1979
127 129 131 133 135
SE1983Jun11T
June 11, 1983
SE1987Mar29H
March 29, 1987
SE1991Jan15A
January 15, 1991
SE1994Nov03T
November 3, 1994
SE1998Aug22A
August 22, 1998
137 139 141 143 145
SE2002Jun10A
June 10, 2002
SE2006Mar29T
March 29, 2006
SE2010Jan15A
January 15, 2010
SE2013Nov03H
November 3, 2013
SE2017Aug21T
August 21, 2017
147 149 151 153 155
SE2021Jun10A
June 10, 2021
SE2025Mar29P
March 29, 2025
SE2029Jan14P
January 14, 2029
SE2032Nov03P
November 3, 2032
SE2036Aug21P
August 21, 2036

Notes

  1. ^ Espenak, F. "NASA Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 129". eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

References

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