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Solar Eclipses in Turkey

The last full solar eclipse of the second millennium occurred on August 11, 1999. Central Anatolia was one of the best places from which to view the celestial event. Times according to Kandilli Observatory of Bogazici University for the Last Eclipse of Millennium are below.

August 11, 1999 Wednesday, Last Eclipse of Millennium, duration 2:23

  SPE SCE ECE EPE
Bartin 12:55:31 14:20:42 14:22:23 15:41:28
Kastamonu 12:58:37 14:23:12 14:25:29 15:43:36
Corum 13:01:48 14:26:36 14:28:28 15:46:22
Amasya 13:03:28 14:27:46 14:29:53 15:47:08
Merzifon 13:02:30 14:26:46 14:28:53 15:46:19
Turhal 13:04:14 14:28:28 14:30:43 15:47:50
Tokat 13:05:16 14:29:23 14:31:33 15:48:29
Sivas 13:06:51 14:31:04 14:33:11 15:49:59
Elazig 13:12:33 14:36:14 14:38:18 15:54:02
Diyarbakir 13:15:33 14:39:23 14:40:43 15:56:19
Batman 13:17:22 14:40:21 14:42:28 15:57:12
Cizre 13:20:13 14:42:49 14:44:55 15:59:03

 

Another Total Solar Eclipse in Turkey occured on 29th of March 2006. According to Kandilli Observatory of Bogazici University in Istanbul, duration of the centerline was 3:48, and local times at cities were:

  SPE SCE ECE EPE
Aksaray 12:44:42 14:00:42 14:04:14 15:17:55
Amasya 12:50:24 14:06:27 14:07:38 15:21:05
Antalya 12:37:32 13:54:23 13:57:34 15:12:46
Giresun 12:54:23 14:09:02 14:12:19 15:23:57
Karaman 12:41:47 13:59:15 14:00:53 15:16:11
Kayseri 12:47:22 14:03:55 14:05:51 15:19:49
Kirsehir 12:45:59 14:01:47 14:05:03 15:18:30
Konya 12:41:42 13:57:57 14:01:31 15:15:45
Nevsehir 12:46:05 14:02:04 14:05:20 15:18:52
Ordu 12:53:43 14:08:17 14:11:17 15:23:26
Sivas 12:50:58 14:06:45 14:09:05 15:22:02
Tokat 12:51:00 14:05:59 14:09:30 15:21:45
Yozgat 12:47:50 14:03:41 14:06:10 15:19:34

Key to times, all local:
SPE. Start of Partial Eclipse (First contact)
SCE. Start of Complete Eclipse (Second contact)
ECE. End of Complete Eclipse (Third contact)
EPE. End of Partial Eclipse (Fourth contact)

Solar Eclipse Information

Witness one of nature's most dramatic sights: a total eclipse of the sun. Experience the drama of the sun rapidly disappearing behind the disc of the moon with the amazing progression of events. You will experience the drop in temperature as the sun disappears, and possibly see Bailey's beads, sunlight passing through the valleys of the moon. Watch for the solar corona and solar prominences which become visible only during totality. We may even see a few planets and stars before the first bright burst of sun known as the diamond ring signals the end of totality and a rapid return to daylight. All of this is in Turkey.

Partial Eclipse: This is the most common eclipse where only a portion of the sun's disk is covered by the moon. This is also how the eclipse appears outside of the area of complete shadow (the umbra) during a total eclipse.

Annular Eclipse: When the moon is farther from the earth, the relative size of the moon appears to be smaller than the sun, allowing a small rim of sun to shine all the way around the disk of the moon. This is the rarest kind of eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse: Because the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, and the sun is 400 times farther from the earth, the relative size appears to be the same. When this happens the moon is able to completely cover the sun, giving us the magic of a total solar eclipse. Only during totality is the sun's fainter corona visible to the naked eye. This is the only kind of eclipse that is safe to view without special filters.

Future eclipse dates Location Duration
March 9, 2016 Sumatra/Borneo 2:00 TOTAL
August 21, 2017 United States of America 2:40 TOTAL
July 2, 2019 Chile TOTAL
December 20, 2019 Indonesia annular
June 21, 2020 India annular
December 14, 2020 Chile and Argentina TOTAL
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June 1, 2030 North Africa, Istanbul, Russia, Japan annular
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April 30, 2060 North Africa and Eastern Turkey TOTAL

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