Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia

The diagram to the right depicts the Moon's path with respect to Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows. Below it is a map showing the geographic regions of eclipse visibility. Click on the figure to enlarge it. For an explanation of the features appearing in the figure, see Key to Lunar Eclipse Figures.

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 1953 Jan 29 at 23:47:49 TD (23:47:18 UT1). This is 2.5 days before the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Moon is in the constellation Cancer. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 372.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 123 and is number 49 of 72 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.

This total eclipse is central meaning the Moon’s disk actually passes through the axis of Earth’s umbral shadow. It has an umbral eclipse magnitude of 1.3314, and Gamma has a value of 0.2606. Because they are so deep, such eclipses typically have the longest total phases. In this case, the duration of totality lasts 84.5 minutes.

The total lunar eclipse of 1953 Jan 29 is followed two weeks later by a partial solar eclipse on 1953 Feb 14.

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., TD = UT1 + ΔT). ΔT has a value of 30.3 seconds for this eclipse.

The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.

The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29 .


Eclipse Data: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Penumbral Magnitude 2.42906
Umbral Magnitude 1.33137
Gamma 0.26061
Epsilon 0.2358°
Opposition Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 1953 Jan 29 at 23:47:48.5 TD (23:47:18.3 UT1) 2434407.491183
Ecliptic Opposition 1953 Jan 29 at 23:44:40.8 TD (23:44:10.5 UT1) 2434407.489010
Equatorial Opposition 1953 Jan 29 at 23:35:45.2 TD (23:35:14.9 UT1) 2434407.482812
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
1953 Jan 29 at 23:47:48.5 TD (23:47:18.3 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension20h48m59.2s08h49m20.8s
Declination-17°47'59.2"+18°01'09.9"
Semi-Diameter 16'14.1" 14'47.4"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.9" 0°54'16.9"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l 2.1°
b -0.3°
c 14.0°
Earth's Shadows
Parameter Value
Penumbral Radius 1.1868°
Umbral Radius 0.6456°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 30.3 s
Shadow Rule Danjon
Shadow Enlargement 1.010
Saros Series 123 (49/72)

Explanation of Lunar Eclipse Data Tables

Eclipse Contacts: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29

Lunar Eclipse Contacts
Eclipse Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Zenith Latitude Zenith Longitude Position Angle Axis Distance
Penumbral BeginsP120:42:18.220:41:47.918°33.8'N051°34.2'E 300.7° 1.4339°
Partial BeginsU121:54:53.721:54:23.418°21.1'N033°58.2'E 306.6° 0.8925°
Total BeginsU223:05:32.623:05:02.318°08.7'N016°50.4'E 327.5° 0.3992°
Greatest EclipseGreatest23:47:48.523:47:18.318°01.2'N006°35.4'E 21.3° 0.2358°
Total EndsU300:30:03.600:29:33.317°53.6'N003°39.4'W 75.1° 0.3990°
Partial EndsU401:40:42.101:40:11.917°41.0'N020°47.3'W 96.0° 0.8918°
Penumbral EndsP402:53:21.702:52:51.417°27.9'N038°24.8'W 101.9° 1.4327°
Eclipse Durations
Eclipse Phase Duration
Penumbral (P4 - P1)06h11m03.5s
Partial (U4 - U1)03h45m48.5s
Total (U3 - U2)01h24m31.0s

Explanation of Lunar Eclipse Contacts Table

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29

Polynomial Besselian Elements
1953 Jan 29 at 00:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d f1 f2 f3
0 0.17219 0.18591 -0.3106 1.18679 0.64560 0.24650
1 0.42606 -0.16612 0.0002 -0.00015 -0.00015 -0.00004
2 -0.00012 -0.00008 0.0000 0.00000 0.00000 0.00000
3 -0.00000 0.00000 - - - -

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 = 0.000

Explanation of Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 29

Links to Additional Lunar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1953 Jan 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 30.3 seconds for this eclipse.

Acknowledgments

Some of the content on this web site is based on the book Thousand Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses 1501 to 2500. All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.

Permission is granted to reproduce eclipse data when accompanied by a link to this page and an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, www.EclipseWise.com"

The use of diagrams and maps is permitted provided that they are NOT altered (except for re-sizing) and the embedded credit line is NOT removed or covered.