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Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Partial Eclipse: south South America, Antarctica
  • Total Eclipse: Antarctica

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 2039 Dec 15 at 16:23:46 TD (16:22:27 UT1). This is 0.2 days before 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 1447.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 152 and is number 14 of 70 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.

The total solar eclipse of 2039 Dec 15 is preceded two weeks earlier by a partial lunar eclipse on 2039 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 79.1 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 Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15 .


Eclipse Data: Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Eclipse Magnitude 1.03558
Eclipse Obscuration 1.07243
Gamma-0.94577
Conjunction Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 2039 Dec 15 at 16:23:45.9 TD (16:22:26.8 UT1) 2466138.182255
Ecliptic Conjunction 2039 Dec 15 at 16:33:15.3 TD (16:31:56.2 UT1) 2466138.188845
Equatorial Conjunction 2039 Dec 15 at 16:38:03.7 TD (16:36:44.6 UT1) 2466138.192183
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
2039 Dec 15 at 16:23:45.9 TD (16:22:26.8 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension17h31m51.4s17h31m14.4s
Declination-23°16'37.6"-24°13'58.8"
Semi-Diameter 16'14.9" 16'44.6"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.9" 1°01'26.8"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l -0.5°
b 1.3°
c 1.4°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 79.1 s
k (penumbra) 0.2725076
k (umbra) 0.2722810
Saros Series 152 (14/70)

Explanation of Solar Eclipse Data Tables

Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Contacts of Penumbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactP114:18:57.114:17:38.027°04.2'S138°20.2'W
Last External ContactP418:28:28.118:27:09.041°44.9'S014°34.6'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Penumbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N114:41:41.214:40:22.114°47.4'S137°50.5'W
South Extreme Path Limit 1S118:05:45.318:04:26.229°57.4'S012°01.8'E

Explanation of Penumbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes: Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Contacts of Umbral Shadow with Earth
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
First External ContactU115:48:33.415:47:14.354°07.1'S175°28.9'E
First Internal ContactU215:53:42.415:52:23.356°04.9'S170°54.6'E
Last Internal ContactU316:53:39.516:52:20.565°14.8'S084°35.3'E
Last External ContactU416:58:49.216:57:30.164°13.6'S077°23.2'E
Extreme Northern and Southern Path Limits of Umbra
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
North Extreme Path Limit 1N115:48:39.515:47:20.554°03.6'S175°32.7'E
South Extreme Path Limit 1S115:53:37.215:52:18.156°07.8'S170°50.8'E
North Extreme Path Limit 2N216:58:43.016:57:23.964°11.6'S077°15.1'E
South Extreme Path Limit 2S216:53:44.816:52:25.765°16.1'S084°43.0'E

Explanation of Umbral Shadow Contacts and Extremes Tables

Central Line Extremes and Duration: Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Extreme Limits of the Central Line
Contact Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude
Extreme Central Line Limit 1C115:51:02.415:49:43.355°04.1'S173°19.8'E
Extreme Central Line Limit 2C216:56:19.916:55:00.864°44.6'S080°46.8'E

Explanation of Central Line Extremes Table

Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration
Event Time
TD
Time
UT1
Latitude Longitude Sun
Altitude
Sun
Azimuth
Path Width Central
Duration
Greatest Eclipse16:23:45.916:22:26.880°51.4'S172°25.2'E 18.4° 123.4° 379.8 km01m51.43s
Greatest Duration16:23:51.516:22:32.480°54.0'S172°32.9'E 18.4° 123.5° 379.7 km01m51.43s

Explanation of Greatest Eclipse and Greatest Duration

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Polynomial Besselian Elements
2039 Dec 15 at 16:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d l1 l2 μ
0 -0.36599 -0.90211 -23.2740 0.53823 -0.00789 61.2259
1 0.57693 -0.08495 -0.0019 -0.00000 -0.00000 14.9965
2 0.00005 0.00023 0.0000 -0.00001 -0.00001 -0.0000
3 -0.00001 0.00000 - - - -
Tan ƒ1 0.0047499
Tan ƒ2 0.0047262

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 = 16.000

Explanation of Polynomial Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15

Links to Additional Solar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2039 Dec 15 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 79.1 seconds for this eclipse.

Acknowledgments

Some of the content on this website is based on the book Thousand Year Canon of Solar 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"

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