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Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: Africa, Europe, west Asia
  • Total Eclipse: central Africa, Turkey, Russia

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 2006 Mar 29 at 10:12:23 TD (10:11:18 UT1). This is 1.1 days after the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Pisces. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1030.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 139 and is number 29 of 71 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 2006 Mar 29 is a relatively long total eclipse with a duration at greatest eclipse of 04m07s. It has an eclipse magnitude of 1.0515.

The total solar eclipse of 2006 Mar 29 is preceded two weeks earlier by a penumbral lunar eclipse on 2006 Mar 14.

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 65.0 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 Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29 .


Eclipse Data: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 1.05152
Eclipse Obscuration 1.10569
Gamma 0.38433
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 2006 Mar 29 at 10:12:22.7 TD (10:11:17.7 UT1) 2453823.924511
Ecliptic Conjunction 2006 Mar 29 at 10:16:20.0 TD (10:15:15.1 UT1) 2453823.927258
Equatorial Conjunction 2006 Mar 29 at 10:34:22.4 TD (10:33:17.5 UT1) 2453823.939786
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
2006 Mar 29 at 10:12:22.7 TD (10:11:17.7 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension00h31m31.7s00h30m46.6s
Declination+03°24'10.3"+03°44'36.2"
Semi-Diameter 16'01.1" 16'34.9"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.8" 1°00'51.4"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l 2.2°
b -0.5°
c -21.7°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 65.0 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 139 (29/71)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP107:37:53.607:36:48.614°27.5'S022°07.0'W
First Internal ContactP209:45:42.209:44:37.327°28.6'N056°42.9'W
Last Internal ContactP310:38:33.110:37:28.184°27.7'N149°44.1'E
Last External ContactP412:46:45.712:45:40.743°26.5'N083°02.5'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N109:32:49.909:31:44.938°31.9'N054°26.0'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S108:28:19.408:27:14.537°45.3'S032°58.6'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N210:51:16.710:50:11.782°45.0'N099°17.7'W
South Extreme Path Limit 2S211:56:34.811:55:29.820°10.0'N093°35.3'E

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU108:35:29.408:34:24.406°31.1'S037°00.1'W
First Internal ContactU208:37:33.608:36:28.606°04.6'S037°32.8'W
Last Internal ContactU311:46:59.611:45:54.651°47.0'N099°05.0'E
Last External ContactU411:49:01.511:47:56.651°21.2'N098°30.5'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N108:36:57.108:35:52.205°43.5'S037°24.9'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S108:36:06.708:35:01.706°52.3'S037°08.2'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N211:47:35.211:46:30.252°07.5'N098°59.4'E
South Extreme Path Limit 2S211:48:25.311:47:20.351°00.6'N098°36.4'E

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C108:36:31.508:35:26.506°18.0'S037°16.4'W
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C211:48:00.611:46:55.651°34.0'N098°47.7'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 Eclipse10:12:22.710:11:17.723°09.1'N016°28.6'E 67.3° 148.6° 183.5 km04m06.71s
Greatest Duration10:12:45.410:11:40.423°15.7'N016°50.8'E 67.3° 149.2° 183.5 km04m06.72s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Polynomial Besselian Elements
2006 Mar 29 at 10:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 -0.28994 0.27903 3.3988 0.53702 -0.00909 328.7933
1 0.50609 0.27899 0.0156 0.00006 0.00006 15.0044
2 0.00002 -0.00004 -0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000
3 -0.00001 -0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0046826
Tan ƒ2 0.0046593

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 = 10.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 Mar 29 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 65.0 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"

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