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May 29, 1938 — Total Solar Eclipse

What the eclipse will look like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse


Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: South in Africa, South/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic.

Is this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Example cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
Example cities where partial eclipse is visible

Solar Eclipse Path

Area seeing the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Shades of darkness

Night

Astronomical Twilight (Sun is 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon).

Nautical Twilight (Sun is 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon).

Civil Twilight (Sun is 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon).

Day

Area seeing the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Note: Percentage values (%) relate to moon coverage of the sun and depends on location. Visibility is weather permitting.


When the eclipse happens worldwide

The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see partial eclipse beginMay 29 at 11:46 AMMay 29 at 7:46 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginMay 29 at 1:17 PMMay 29 at 9:17 AM
Maximum EclipseMay 29 at 1:50 PMMay 29 at 9:50 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endMay 29 at 2:22 PMMay 29 at 10:22 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endMay 29 at 3:53 PMMay 29 at 11:53 AM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
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