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 across southern Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, the southeast Atlantic coast of the United States, northeast to the Maritimes of eastern Canada, and northern Miquelon-Langlade in the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Greatest eclipse occurred over Mexico at 11:38 am CST, with totality lasting 3 minutes and 28 seconds. Totality over the U.S. lasted up to 3 minutes and 10 seconds. The media declared Perry as the first municipality in Florida to be in the eclipse direct path.
Unfortunately, inclement weather obstructed the viewing from that location and most of the eclipse path through the remainder of the southern states. There will not be an eclipse with a greater duration of totality over the contiguous U.S. until April 8, 2024, a period of 54 years.
|Solar eclipse of March 7, 1970|
|Type of eclipse|
|Duration||208 sec (3 m 28 s)|
|Max. width of band||153 km (95 mi)|
|Saros||139 (27 of 71)|
|Catalog # (SE5000)||9442|
Animation of eclipse path (3 minutes per frame)
|Solar eclipse series sets from 1968-1971|
|Ascending node||Descending node|
March 28, 1968
September 22, 1968
March 18, 1969
September 11, 1969
March 7, 1970
August 31, 1970
February 25, 1971
August 20, 1971
|A partial solar eclipse of July 22, 1971 occurs in the next lunar year set.|
It is a part of saros series 139, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 17, 1501. It contains hybrid eclipses on August 11, 1627 through December 9, 1825 and total eclipses from December 21, 1843 through March 26, 2601. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 3, 2763. Members in the same column are one exeligmos apart and thus occur in the same geographic area.
|Series members 24–39 occur between 1901 and 2100|
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 July 31, 1924 and July 31, 2000|
|July 31-Aug 1||May 19-20||March 7||December 24-25||October 12|
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