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Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26
The Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 is visible from the following geographic regions:
- Partial Eclipse: North & Central America, northwest Europe
- Total Eclipse: northwest U.S., central Canada, Greenland
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 1979 Feb 26 at 16:55:06 TD (16:54:16 UT1). This is 0.8 days after the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Aquarius. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 695.
The eclipse belongs to Saros 120 and is number 59 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moons descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.
The total solar eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 is followed two weeks later by a partial lunar eclipse on 1979 Mar 13.
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 49.7 seconds for this eclipse.
The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.
- Orthographic Map: Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 - detailed map of eclipse visibility
- Google Map: Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 - interactive map of the eclipse path
- Path Table: Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 - coordinates of the central line and path limits
- Circumstances Table: Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 - eclipse times for hundreds of cities
- Saros 120 Table - data for all eclipses in the Saros series
The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 Feb 26 .