A total eclipse of the Sun occurred on Tuesday 12 September, 1950 UT, with maximum eclipse at 03:38 UT. The Sun was darkened for 1 minute and 14 seconds by a dramatic total eclipse covering a path up to 134 km wide. This was a sight worth seeing.

The total eclipse lasted for 1 minute and 14 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 03:38:18 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.530° in apparent diameter, 0.6% smaller than average. The Moon was just 3 days before perigee, making it relatively large. At the start and end of the eclipse the Moon was 0.535°, and at maximum eclipse 0.539°, which is 1.6% larger than average; hence it covered the Sun, making this a total eclipse. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The shaded area saw the total solar eclipse; however, near the edges of this area, the eclipse was very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse lasted longest.

Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA Goddard Space flight Center: GSFC Eclipse Web SiteGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. (NASA Goddard Space flight Center)
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
shows the visibility of the total solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse was seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 51st eclipse in solar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 124, is linked to lunar Saros series 117. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:38:18 on 12 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:38:47 on 12 Sep TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 51
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 1.0182
Gamma 0.8903 Path Width (km) 134
Delta T 0m29s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration 1m14s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150557759 km (71.6%) Moon Distance 371878 km (30.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.530° Moon Diameter 0.535° - 0.539°
Apogee 09:51 on 3 Sep UT Perigee 07:23 on 15 Sep UT

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listingsGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. (NASA Goddard Space flight Center)
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.