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Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 is visible from the following geographic regions:
- Partial Eclipse: Pacific, south South America, Antarctica
- Total Eclipse: south Pacific, Chile, Argentina, south Atlantic
The map to the right depicts the geographic regions of eclipse visibility. Click on the map to enlarge it. For an explanation of the features appearing in the map, see Key to Solar Eclipse Maps.
The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 2020 Dec 14 at 16:14:39 TD (16:13:30 UT1). This is 1.8 days after the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Ophiuchus. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1212.
The eclipse belongs to Saros 142 and is number 23 of 72 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moons descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.
The total solar eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 is preceded two weeks earlier by a penumbral lunar eclipse on 2020 Nov 30.
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., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 69.9 seconds for this eclipse.
The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.
- Orthographic Map: Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 - detailed map of eclipse visibility
- Animated Map: Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 - animated map of the Moon's shadows across Earth
- Google Map: Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 - interactive map of the eclipse path
- Path Table: Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 - coordinates of the central line and path limits
- Circumstances Table: Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 - eclipse times for hundreds of cities
- Saros 142 Table - data for all eclipses in the Saros series
The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 .