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Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: south Africa, Indian Ocean, southeast Asia, Australia
  • Annular Eclipse: Namibia, South Africa, Indian Ocean, Indonesia

The map to the right depicts the geographic regions of eclipse visibility. Click on the map to enlarge it. For an explanation of the features appearing in the map, see Key to Solar Eclipse Maps.

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 1954 Dec 25 at 07:36:42 TD (07:36:11 UT1). This is 3.9 days after the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Sagittarius. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 396.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 131 and is number 47 of 70 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s ascending node. The Moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma decreases.

The solar eclipse of 1954 Dec 25 is a relatively long annular eclipse with a duration at greatest eclipse of 07m39s. It has an eclipse magnitude of 0.9323.

The annular solar eclipse of 1954 Dec 25 is followed two weeks later by a penumbral lunar eclipse on 1955 Jan 08.

These eclipses all take place during a single eclipse season.

The eclipse predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 31.0 seconds for this eclipse.

The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.

The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25 .


Eclipse Data: Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 0.93233
Eclipse Obscuration 0.86925
Gamma-0.25762
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 1954 Dec 25 at 07:36:42.4 TD (07:36:11.4 UT1) 2435101.816798
Ecliptic Conjunction 1954 Dec 25 at 07:33:39.3 TD (07:33:08.2 UT1) 2435101.814679
Equatorial Conjunction 1954 Dec 25 at 07:32:58.2 TD (07:32:27.2 UT1) 2435101.814204
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
1954 Dec 25 at 07:36:42.4 TD (07:36:11.4 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension18h12m59.7s18h13m07.2s
Declination-23°24'41.6"-23°38'40.4"
Semi-Diameter 16'15.7" 14'56.4"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.9" 0°54'49.7"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l -3.4°
b 0.4°
c 0.2°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 31.0 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 131 (47/70)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP104:35:22.004:34:51.015°08.5'S014°30.6'E
First Internal ContactP206:56:43.306:56:12.339°48.1'S035°14.2'W
Last Internal ContactP308:16:48.308:16:17.227°18.7'S158°48.8'E
Last External ContactP410:37:59.410:37:28.402°08.4'S111°32.0'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N105:31:26.005:30:55.009°40.7'N011°27.7'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S106:37:34.906:37:03.854°52.2'S047°17.3'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N209:41:52.709:41:21.622°35.3'N114°15.3'E
South Extreme Path Limit 2S208:35:59.208:35:28.243°42.8'S165°33.1'E

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU105:40:42.205:40:11.219°50.6'S004°04.8'W
First Internal ContactU205:46:38.605:46:07.620°31.7'S005°54.3'W
Last Internal ContactU309:26:50.409:26:19.307°34.2'S131°41.3'E
Last External ContactU409:32:42.209:32:11.206°53.2'S129°55.3'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N105:42:24.805:41:53.818°52.8'S004°02.0'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S105:44:59.005:44:27.921°28.9'S005°58.3'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N209:31:00.809:30:29.705°55.5'S129°55.3'E
South Extreme Path Limit 2S209:28:29.009:27:57.908°31.6'S131°42.0'E

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C105:43:40.305:43:09.220°10.6'S004°59.3'W
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C209:29:46.509:29:15.507°13.2'S130°48.0'E

Explanation of Central Line Extremes Table

Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration
Event Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude Sun
Altitude
Sun
Azimuth
Path Width Central
Duration
Greatest Eclipse07:36:42.407:36:11.438°24.9'S068°06.1'E 74.9° 351.8° 262.0 km07m39.03s
Greatest Duration07:29:49.307:29:18.238°51.1'S065°40.4'E 74.5° 6.7° 261.9 km07m39.55s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Polynomial Besselian Elements
1954 Dec 25 at 08:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 0.22925 -0.23115 -23.4106 0.57064 0.02436 300.0353
1 0.50889 0.06321 0.0008 -0.00009 -0.00009 14.9962
2 -0.00002 0.00017 0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 0.0000
3 -0.00001 -0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0047552
Tan ƒ2 0.0047315

At time t1 (decimal hours), each besselian element is evaluated by:

x = x0 + x1*t + x2*t2 + x3*t3 (or x = Σ [xn*tn]; n = 0 to 3)

where: t = t1 - t0 (decimal hours) and t0 = 8.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 1954 Dec 25 were generated using the JPL DE406 solar and lunar ephemerides. The lunar coordinates were calculated with respect to the Moon's Center of Mass. The predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 31.0 seconds for this eclipse.

Acknowledgments

Some of the content on this website is based on the book Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1501 to 2500. All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.

Permission is granted to reproduce eclipse data when accompanied by a link to this page and an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, www.EclipseWise.com"

The use of diagrams and maps is permitted provided that they are NOT altered (except for re-sizing) and the embedded credit line is NOT removed or covered.