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Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: New Zealand, Pacific
  • Total Eclipse: south Pacific

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 Jun 08 at 21:20:39 TD (21:20:08 UT1). This is 1.2 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Taurus. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 414.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 146 and is number 24 of 76 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.

The solar eclipse of 1956 Jun 08 is a relatively long total eclipse with a duration at greatest eclipse of 04m45s. It has an eclipse magnitude of 1.0581.

The total solar eclipse of 1956 Jun 08 is preceded two weeks earlier by a partial lunar eclipse on 1956 May 24.

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 31.6 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 Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08 .


Eclipse Data: Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 1.05810
Eclipse Obscuration 1.11958
Gamma-0.89341
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 1956 Jun 08 at 21:20:39.3 TD (21:20:07.7 UT1) 2435633.388978
Ecliptic Conjunction 1956 Jun 08 at 21:29:39.0 TD (21:29:07.4 UT1) 2435633.395224
Equatorial Conjunction 1956 Jun 08 at 21:21:17.5 TD (21:20:45.9 UT1) 2435633.389420
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
1956 Jun 08 at 21:20:39.3 TD (21:20:07.7 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension05h07m54.5s05h07m52.9s
Declination+22°54'13.6"+22°00'05.8"
Semi-Diameter 15'45.2" 16'32.9"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.7" 1°00'44.0"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l -2.7°
b 1.2°
c -6.6°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 31.6 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 146 (24/76)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP119:11:21.519:10:49.932°17.8'S177°31.5'E
Last External ContactP423:29:54.123:29:22.432°59.9'S098°31.4'W
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N119:53:36.219:53:04.619°35.0'S160°07.4'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S122:47:40.722:47:09.120°18.9'S081°02.3'W

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU120:31:34.620:31:03.054°19.8'S178°02.7'E
First Internal ContactU220:37:38.220:37:06.656°30.4'S179°51.1'W
Last Internal ContactU322:03:38.522:03:06.857°03.9'S101°44.9'W
Last External ContactU422:09:44.922:09:13.354°54.1'S099°31.3'W
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N120:32:03.220:31:31.654°12.0'S177°43.5'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S120:37:13.020:36:41.456°37.1'S179°32.7'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N222:09:16.122:08:44.554°46.3'S099°11.6'W
South Extreme Path Limit 2S222:04:03.822:03:32.257°10.6'S102°03.8'W

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C120:34:31.620:33:59.955°23.3'S178°59.8'E
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C222:06:46.522:06:14.955°57.3'S100°31.7'W

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 Eclipse21:20:39.321:20:07.740°45.0'S140°52.7'W 26.3° 0.5° 428.7 km04m44.85s
Greatest Duration21:20:59.321:20:27.740°45.2'S140°35.2'W 26.3° 0.2° 428.7 km04m44.86s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Polynomial Besselian Elements
1956 Jun 08 at 21:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 -0.20496 -0.89204 22.9047 0.53316 -0.01293 135.2505
1 0.57755 -0.00389 0.0036 -0.00006 -0.00006 14.9995
2 0.00002 -0.00011 -0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000
3 -0.00001 0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0046049
Tan ƒ2 0.0045820

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 = 21.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Solar Eclipse of 1956 Jun 08 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 31.6 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"

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