Updated: 31 October 2007
Usually a Saros series starts and end with a small or even tiny partial solar eclipse that is part of a duo eclipse. The question then can be asked: what is the smallest partial solar eclipse that is not part of a duo, and what is the smallest eclipse that is not the first or last of a Saros series.
The smalled ecllipse not at the start or end of a Saros series happend on 24 December 1916. The magnitude was 0.0114. It was followed one Saros period later by the tiny partial solar eclipse of 5 January 1935 with magnitude 0.0013 (number 5 in top-10 of tiniest eclipses)
The smallest eclipse between -2000 and 300 that is not part of a duo will happen on 9 February 2912 and the magnitude will be 0.1542. The table belows lists the 7 partial eclipses smaller than 0.2 that are not part of a duo. It is remarkable that Saros 70 and 184 each have 3 of these rare partials.
|The top-10 of tiniest eclipses is given below:|
The table belows list the partial eclipses that are almost total, magitude > 0.99