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Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29 is visible from the geographic regions shown on the map to the right. 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 2378 Mar 29 at 18:20:22 TD (18:08:21 UT1). This is 0.5 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 5631.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 145 and is number 42 of 77 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 2378 Mar 29 is a relatively long total eclipse with a duration at greatest eclipse of 04m51s. It has an eclipse magnitude of 1.0587.

The total solar eclipse of 2378 Mar 29 is preceded two weeks earlier by a penumbral lunar eclipse on 2378 Mar 15, and it is followed two weeks later by a penumbral lunar eclipse on 2378 Apr 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 721.7 seconds for this eclipse. The uncertainty in ΔT is 188.1 seconds corresponding to a standard error in longitude of the eclipse path of ± 0.79°.

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 2378 Mar 29 .


Eclipse Data: Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 1.05871
Eclipse Obscuration 1.12086
Gamma-0.04802
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 2378 Mar 29 at 18:20:22.5 TD (18:08:20.8 UT1) 2589694.255796
Ecliptic Conjunction 2378 Mar 29 at 18:19:53.0 TD (18:07:51.3 UT1) 2589694.255455
Equatorial Conjunction 2378 Mar 29 at 18:17:39.2 TD (18:05:37.4 UT1) 2589694.253906
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
2378 Mar 29 at 18:20:22.5 TD (18:08:20.8 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension00h32m16.6s00h32m22.2s
Declination+03°28'29.3"+03°25'55.0"
Semi-Diameter 16'02.8" 16'42.0"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.8" 1°01'17.6"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l 1.0°
b 0.1°
c -21.6°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 721.7 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 145 (42/77)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP115:42:17.315:30:15.630°43.0'S139°21.4'W
First Internal ContactP217:32:53.117:20:51.434°52.2'S166°38.4'W
Last Internal ContactP319:07:55.318:55:53.522°57.6'N011°20.6'W
Last External ContactP420:58:30.020:46:28.327°06.8'N038°40.4'W
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N116:51:34.216:39:32.500°21.5'N158°48.6'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S116:55:44.816:43:43.164°32.9'S152°29.1'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N219:48:49.919:36:48.158°03.7'N017°25.5'W
South Extreme Path Limit 2S219:45:26.019:33:24.306°55.4'S022°38.2'W

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU116:36:26.316:24:24.631°38.9'S152°48.8'W
First Internal ContactU216:38:37.216:26:35.531°42.4'S153°21.2'W
Last Internal ContactU320:02:10.219:50:08.526°07.4'N024°40.2'W
Last External ContactU420:04:19.819:52:18.126°10.9'N025°12.3'W
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N116:37:30.716:25:28.931°04.2'S153°07.8'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S116:37:33.816:25:32.132°17.0'S153°02.5'W
North Extreme Path Limit 2N220:03:15.719:51:14.026°45.3'N024°53.7'W
South Extreme Path Limit 2S220:03:13.419:51:11.725°33.1'N024°58.6'W

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C116:37:31.816:25:30.031°40.6'S153°05.0'W
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C220:03:15.019:51:13.326°09.2'N024°56.2'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 Eclipse18:20:22.518:08:20.801°04.2'N092°37.3'W 87.3° 331.2° 193.3 km04m51.13s
Greatest Duration18:21:51.718:09:50.001°28.2'N089°15.2'W 87.1° 314.4° 193.4 km04m51.15s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Polynomial Besselian Elements
2378 Mar 29 at 18:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 -0.15009 -0.13736 3.4696 0.53562 -0.01049 88.8533
1 0.51013 0.28060 0.0156 0.00004 0.00004 15.0042
2 0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000
3 -0.00001 -0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0046909
Tan ƒ2 0.0046676

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 = 18.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 Mar 29

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Calendar

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Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2378 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 721.7 seconds for this eclipse. The uncertainty in ΔT is 188.1 seconds corresponding to a standard error in longitude of the eclipse path of ± 0.79°.

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.

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