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October 12, 1939 — 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/West Australia, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

Is this eclipse visible in New York?

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 New York*
First location to see partial eclipse beginOct 12 at 6:34 PMOct 12 at 1:34 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginOct 12 at 8:14 PMOct 12 at 3:14 PM
Maximum EclipseOct 12 at 8:39 PMOct 12 at 3:39 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endOct 12 at 9:05 PMOct 12 at 4:05 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endOct 12 at 10:45 PMOct 12 at 5:45 PM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from New York. 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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