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# Example Eclipse Calculations

Let us use our model to examine the lunar-solar syzygies of the year 1992 CE, in order to see whether any of them were associated with solar or lunar eclipses. The table below shows the dates and times of the new moons of 1992 CE, calculated using the method described at the beginning of this section. Also shown is the magnitude of the moon's ecliptic latitude at each syzygy, , calculated from Eqs. (125) and (144), as well as the critical values of this parameter for a general, total, and annular solar eclipse. The latter are calculated from Eqs. (152)-(154). It can be seen that the criterion for a total solar eclipse (i.e., and ) is satisfied for the syzygy marked with a T, the criterion for an annular solar eclipse (i.e., and ) for the syzygy marked with an A, and the criterion for a partial solar eclipse (i.e., ) for the syzygy marked with a P. It is easily verified that a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse, and a partial solar eclipse did indeed take place in 1992 CE at the dates and times indicated.
 Date Time (UT) 04/01/1992 23:00 85.0 52.5 55.5 22.8 A 03/02/1992 16:00 84.9 52.5 55.4 177.9 04/03/1992 09:00 85.7 53.4 55.8 282.7 03/04/1992 00:00 87.1 55.1 56.5 307.5 02/05/1992 14:00 88.7 57.0 57.4 245.8 01/06/1992 01:00 90.3 58.8 58.3 115.6 30/06/1992 12:00 91.5 60.1 59.0 46.3 T 29/07/1992 21:00 92.2 60.7 59.4 195.3 28/08/1992 05:00 92.3 60.7 59.5 290.2 26/09/1992 14:00 91.8 59.9 59.2 304.8 26/10/1992 00:00 90.7 58.5 58.7 234.8 24/11/1992 11:00 89.2 56.8 57.8 99.3 24/12/1992 01:00 87.4 54.9 56.9 64.3 P

The table below shows the dates and times of the full moons of 1992 CE. Also shown is the magnitude of the moon's ecliptic latitude at each syzygy, as well as the critical values of this parameter for a general and a total lunar eclipse. The latter are calculated from Eqs. (151) and (150), respectively. It can be seen that the criterion for a total lunar eclipse (i.e., ) is satisfied for the syzygy marked with a T, whereas the criterion for a partial lunar eclipse (i.e., ) is satisfied for the syzygy marked with a P. It is easily verified that a total lunar eclipse, and a partial lunar eclipse did indeed take place in 1992 CE at the dates and times indicated.
 Date Time (UT) 19/01/1992 20:00 60.3 27.4 104.2 18/02/1992 05:00 60.1 27.3 237.8 18/03/1992 14:00 59.3 26.9 305.6 17/04/1992 01:00 57.9 26.2 288.5 16/05/1992 13:00 56.3 25.3 190.8 15/06/1992 03:00 54.7 24.4 39.4 P 14/07/1992 20:00 53.4 23.7 123.4 13/08/1992 13:00 52.8 23.3 251.6 12/09/1992 05:00 53.1 23.5 308.6 11/10/1992 21:00 54.3 24.1 278.2 10/11/1992 12:00 55.8 24.9 169.6 10/12/1992 01:00 57.5 25.8 13.8 T 08/01/1993 12:00 59.0 26.7 145.4

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Richard Fitzpatrick 2010-07-21