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October 1, 1940 — Total Solar Eclipse

Was this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the eclipse looked like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.

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Where the eclipse could be seen

Regions that saw at least a partial eclipse: Much of Africa, South/West North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 8017deb08
Expand for cities where at least part of the total eclipse was visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=4309 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=San José del Guaviare, Colombia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395328 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • San José del Guaviare, Colombia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=4310 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mitú, Colombia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395456 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Mitú, Colombia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=644 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Teresina, Piauí, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395520 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Teresina, Piauí, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=455 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395584 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=461 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395648 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=523 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395712 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=209 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395776 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=1486 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=East London, South Africa DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395840 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • East London, South Africa
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 3 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 0 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 4 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 8017dec50
Expand cities where partial eclipse was visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=58 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Caracas, Venezuela DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395968 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=41 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bogota, Colombia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396032 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=588 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396096 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=190 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Quito, Ecuador DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396224 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=192 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Panama, Panama DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396288 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Panama, Panama
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=88 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Georgetown, Guyana DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396352 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Georgetown, Guyana
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=512 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Iquitos, Loreto, Peru DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396416 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Iquitos, Loreto, Peru
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=194 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Paramaribo, Suriname DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396480 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Paramaribo, Suriname
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=61 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Cayenne, French Guiana DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396544 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Cayenne, French Guiana
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=131 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Lima, Lima, Peru DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396608 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Lima, Lima, Peru
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=446 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Belém, Pará, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396672 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Belém, Pará, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=45 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396736 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=727 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Jamestown, Saint Helena DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396800 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Jamestown, Saint Helena
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=266 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Windhoek, Namibia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396864 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Windhoek, Namibia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=56 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Cape Town, South Africa DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396928 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=86 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Gaborone, Botswana DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397056 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Gaborone, Botswana
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=147 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Maseru, Lesotho DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397120 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Maseru, Lesotho
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=111 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Johannesburg, South Africa DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397184 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=149 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mbabane, Swaziland DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397312 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Mbabane, Swaziland
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=146 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Maputo, Mozambique DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397376 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Maputo, Mozambique
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 5

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 partial eclipse beginOct 1 at 10:07 AMOct 1 at 5:07 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginOct 1 at 11:02 AMOct 1 at 6:02 AM
Maximum EclipseOct 1 at 12:42 PMOct 1 at 7:42 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endOct 1 at 2:23 PMOct 1 at 9:23 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endOct 1 at 3:18 PMOct 1 at 10:18 AM

* 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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