Solar eclipse of December 23, 1908

A total solar eclipse occurred on December 23, 1908. 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. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. This event is a hybrid, starting and ending as an annular eclipse. Annularity was visible from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil, while totality was visible only from southern Atlantic Ocean with no land.

Solar eclipse of December 23, 1908
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration12 sec (0 m 12 s)
Coordinates53°24′S 0°30′W / 53.4°S 0.5°W / -53.4; -0.5
Max. width of band10 km (6.2 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse11:44:28
Saros140 (23 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000)9301

Related eclipsesEdit

Solar eclipses 1906–1909Edit

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]

Solar eclipse series sets from 1906–1909
Ascending node   Descending node
115 July 21, 1906
120 January 14, 1907
125 July 10, 1907
130 January 3, 1908
135 June 28, 1908
140 December 23, 1908
145 June 17, 1909
150 December 12, 1909

Saros 140Edit

It is a part of Saros cycle 140, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on April 16, 1512. It contains total eclipses from July 21, 1656, through November 9, 1836, hybrid eclipses from November 20, 1854, through December 23, 1908, and annular eclipses from January 3, 1927, through December 7, 2485. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on June 1, 2774. The longest duration of totality was 4 minutes, 10 seconds on August 12, 1692.


  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.