A partial eclipse of the Sun occurred on Saturday 12 October, 1996 UT, with maximum eclipse at 14:02 UT. A moderate partial eclipse, with 76% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, created an interesting spectacle.

Maximum eclipse was at 14:02:02 UT.

During this eclipse the Sun was 0.534° in apparent diameter, 0.2% larger than average. The Moon was 6 days after apogee and 10 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.510° in apparent diameter, which is 4.0% smaller than average. This has no real effect on this eclipse, since the Moon's central shadow misses the Earth, making this a partial 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.

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 partial solar eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 8th eclipse in solar Saros series 153.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, solar Saros series 153, is linked to lunar Saros series 146. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 14:02:02 on 12 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 14:03:04 on 12 Oct TDT
Saros Series 153 Number in Series 7
Penumbral Magnitiude Central Magnitiude 0.7575
Gamma 1.1227 Path Width (km) 0
Delta T 1m02s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149271211 km (45.0%) Moon Distance 390460 km (67.7%)
Sun Diameter 0.534° Moon Diameter 0.510° - 0.510°
Apogee 17:53 on 6 Oct UT Perigee 08:44 on 22 Oct 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.