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October 12, 1939 — Total Solar Eclipse

Was this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South/East Australia, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area that saw the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the Sun was covered.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Shades of darkness

Night

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

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

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

Day

Area that saw the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the Sun was covered.

Eclipse was 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 Happened Worldwide

The eclipse started at one location and ended at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurred.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginOct 12 at 18:34Oct 12 at 1:34 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginOct 12 at 20:14Oct 12 at 3:14 pm
Maximum eclipseOct 12 at 20:39Oct 12 at 3:39 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endOct 12 at 21:05Oct 12 at 4:05 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endOct 12 at 22:45Oct 12 at 5:45 pm

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
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Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Oct 1, 1940.

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