Solar eclipse of April 30, 1957

An annular solar eclipse occurred on April 30, 1957. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun's, blocking most of the Sun's light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide. This annular solar eclipse was non-central. Instead, over half of the antumbral shadow fell off into space throughout the eclipse. Gamma had a value of 0.9992. Annularity was visible from northern Soviet Union (today's Russia) and Bear Island, the southernmost island of Svalbard, Norway.

Solar eclipse of April 30, 1957
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Coordinates70°36′N 40°18′E / 70.6°N 40.3°E / 70.6; 40.3
Max. width of band- km
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse0:05:28
Saros118 (65 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000)9414

This was the last of 57 umbral eclipses of Solar Saros 118. The 1st was in 947 AD and the 57th was in 1957. The total duration is 1010 years.

While it was an annular solar eclipse, it was a non-central solar eclipse.

Related eclipsesEdit

Solar eclipses of 1957–1960Edit

This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.[1]

Saros 118Edit

It is a part of Saros cycle 118, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 24, 803 AD. It contains total eclipses from August 19, 947 AD through October 25, 1650, hybrid eclipses on November 4, 1668 and November 15, 1686, and annular eclipses from November 27, 1704 through April 30, 1957. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on July 15, 2083. The longest duration of total was 6 minutes, 59 seconds on May 16, 1398.

Metonic seriesEdit

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition, the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days). All eclipses in this table occur at the Moon's descending node.


  1. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.