Solar eclipse of October 24, 1995

A total solar eclipse occurred on October 24, 1995. 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 went through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, southwestern tip of Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Spratly Islands, northeastern tip of Sabah of Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.

An aerial observation of this eclipse was done over India,[1] when a MiG-25 reconnaissance aircraft of the Indian Air Force was used to take images of this eclipse at an altitude of 25 km.[2]

Solar eclipse of October 24, 1995
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Corona during total solar eclipse by Fred Espenak from Dundlod, India
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration130 sec (2 m 10 s)
Coordinates8°24′N 113°12′E / 8.4°N 113.2°E
Max. width of band78 km (48 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse4:33:30
Saros143 (22 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000)9498




Related eclipses

Solar eclipses 1993-1996

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.[3]

Solar eclipse series sets from 1993–1996
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Map Saros Map
118 May 21, 1993
123 November 13, 1993
128 May 10, 1994
Diamond Ring, Total Solar Eclipse, Bolivia, 1994 (3183977692)
Totality at Bolivia
November 3, 1994
138 April 29, 1995
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Totality at Dundlod, India
October 24, 1995
148 April 17, 1996
153 October 12, 1996

Solar 143

It is a part of Saros cycle 143, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on March 7, 1617 and total event from June 24, 1797 through October 24, 1995. It has hybrid eclipses from November 3, 2013 through December 6, 2067, and annular eclipses from December 16, 2085 through September 16, 2536. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on April 23, 2873. The longest duration of totality was 3 minutes, 50 seconds on August 19, 1887.[4]

Series members 17–28 occur between 1901 and 2100
17 18 19
August 30, 1905
September 10, 1923
September 21, 1941
20 21 22
October 2, 1959
October 12, 1977
October 24, 1995
23 24 25
November 3, 2013
November 14, 2031
November 25, 2049
26 27 28
December 6, 2067
December 16, 2085

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 between August 12, 1942 and August 11, 2018
August 10-12 May 30 March 18 January 4-5 October 23-24
115 117 119 121 123
August 12, 1942
May 30, 1946
March 18, 1950
January 5, 1954
October 23, 1957
125 127 129 131 133
August 11, 1961
May 30, 1965
March 18, 1969
January 4, 1973
October 23, 1976
135 137 139 141 143
August 10, 1980
May 30, 1984
March 18, 1988
January 4, 1992
October 24, 1995
145 147 149 151 153
August 11, 1999
May 31, 2003
March 19, 2007
January 4, 2011
October 23, 2014

August 11, 2018

In popular culture

Phil Whitaker's prize-winning debut novel Eclipse of the Sun published in 1997 and set in India has at its centre a dramatic attempt to organize a public viewing of the eclipse.


  1. ^ The MIGnificient Flying Machines - MiG-25R Bharat 22 August 2017
  2. ^ Bhatnagar, A; Livingston, William Charles (2005). Fundamentals of Solar Astronomy. World Scientific. p. 157. ISBN 9812382445.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Espenak, F. "NASA - Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 143".



List of solar eclipses visible from Russia

This incomplete list of solar eclipses visible from Russia enumerates the solar eclipses that have been seen and will be seen in Russia.

List of solar eclipses visible from the Philippines

This list of solar eclipses seen from the Philippines enumerates the solar eclipse that have been and will be seen in the Philippines.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-25; NATO reporting name: Foxbat) is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau and is one of the few combat aircraft built primarily using stainless steel. It was the last plane designed by Mikhail Gurevich before his retirement.The first prototype flew in 1964, and the aircraft entered service in 1970. It has an operational top speed of Mach 2.83 (Mach 3.2 is possible but at risk of significant damage to the engines) and features a powerful radar and four air-to-air missiles. When first seen in reconnaissance photography, the large wing suggested an enormous and highly maneuverable fighter, at a time when U.S. design theories were also evolving towards higher maneuverability due to combat performance in the Vietnam War. The appearance of the MiG-25 sparked serious concern in the West and prompted dramatic increases in performance for the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle then under development in the late 1960s. The capabilities of the MiG-25 were better understood in 1976 when Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected in a MiG-25 to the United States via Japan. It turned out that the aircraft's weight necessitated its large wings.

Production of the MiG-25 series ended in 1984 after completion of 1,186 aircraft. A symbol of the Cold War, the MiG-25 flew with Soviet allies and former Soviet republics, remaining in limited service in several export customers. It is one of the highest-flying military aircraft, one of the fastest serially produced interceptor aircraft, and the second-fastest serially produced aircraft after the SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft that was built in very small series compared to the MiG-25. As of 2018, the MiG-25 remains the fastest manned serially produced aircraft in operational use and the fastest plane that was offered for supersonic flights and edge-of-space flights to civilian customers.

Mũi Né

Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town in the south-central Bình Thuan Province of Vietnam. The town, with approximately 25,000 residents, is a ward of the city of Phan Thiết. Mui Ne and the other wards of Phan Thiet stretch along the coast for approximately 50 kilometers and have been transformed into a resort destination since the mid 1990s, when many visited the area to view the solar eclipse of October 24, 1995. Most notably, tourism has developed in the area from the Phan Thiet city center to Mui Ne, which has more than a hundred beach resorts, as well as restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.

Mũi Né ward has two beaches; Ganh Beach and Suoi Nuoc Beach, both with a number of resorts and a few shops and restaurants. But the most highly developed area is Rang Beach in Ham Tien ward (often erroneously called "Mui Ne Beach" by foreigners), which extends west of Mui Ne. Strong sea breezes make all three beaches very popular for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

The tourist season is from December to April. The average temperature is 27°C, and the climate is hot and dry much of the year.

Mui Ne is well known for unique white sand dunes, featuring several lakes and even swamps straight in the middle of sandy terrain.

It is also the only place in Vietnam with hot air balloon ride service for adventurous tourists.

Solar Saros 143

Saros cycle 143, repeating every 18 years and 11 days, containing 72 events. It consisted of 10 partial eclipses, 12 total eclipses, 4 hybrid events, 26 annular eclipses, and ends with 20 partial eclipses. The longest total eclipse of the series was in 1887 at 3 minutes and 50 seconds.

Solar eclipses in fiction

This is a list of fictional stories in which solar eclipses feature as an important plot element. Mere passing mentions are not listed.

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