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Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: Europe, north Africa, Mid East, central Asia

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 1956 Dec 02 at 08:00:35 TD (08:00:03 UT1). This is 5.3 days before the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Ophiuchus. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 420.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 151 and is number 11 of 72 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.

This is a very deep partial eclipse. It has an eclipse magnitude of 0.8047, while Gamma has a value of 1.0923.

The partial solar eclipse of 1956 Dec 02 is preceded two weeks earlier by a total lunar eclipse on 1956 Nov 18.

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 31.8 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 Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02 .


Eclipse Data: Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 0.80468
Eclipse Obscuration 0.73350
Gamma 1.09229
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 1956 Dec 02 at 08:00:35.0 TD (08:00:03.2 UT1) 2435809.833370
Ecliptic Conjunction 1956 Dec 02 at 08:13:02.5 TD (08:12:30.7 UT1) 2435809.842022
Equatorial Conjunction 1956 Dec 02 at 07:54:38.5 TD (07:54:06.7 UT1) 2435809.829244
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
1956 Dec 02 at 08:00:35.0 TD (08:00:03.2 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension16h34m00.8s16h34m13.1s
Declination-21°58'22.1"-20°57'44.2"
Semi-Diameter 16'13.5" 15'10.9"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.9" 0°55'43.2"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l 4.5°
b -1.3°
c 9.9°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 31.8 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 151 (11/72)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP105:52:09.305:51:37.542°54.0'N021°27.7'E
Last External ContactP410:09:08.810:08:37.038°09.0'N096°43.4'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N106:34:53.606:34:21.832°24.8'N003°36.5'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S109:26:21.109:25:49.327°28.7'N113°47.6'E

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02

Polynomial Besselian Elements
1956 Dec 02 at 08:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 0.04659 1.09131 -21.9755 0.56517 0.01892 302.6357
1 0.52172 -0.02471 -0.0061 0.00011 0.00011 14.9974
2 -0.00001 0.00010 0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000
3 -0.00001 0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0047440
Tan ƒ2 0.0047204

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 Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Partial Solar Eclipse of 1956 Dec 02 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 31.8 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.