Home > Sun & Moon > Eclipses > April 7, 1978 — Partial Solar Eclipse

April 7, 1978 — Partial Solar Eclipse

Was this Partial 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.

Live Eclipse Animation will start at:
Live Eclipse Animation has ended.
You are using an outdated browser, to view the animation please update or switch to a modern browser. Alternatively you can view the old animation by clicking here.

Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions that saw at least a partial eclipse: South in Africa, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

Expand cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

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


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).


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 beginApr 7 at 1:01 PMApr 7 at 8:01 AM
Maximum EclipseApr 7 at 3:02 PMApr 7 at 10:02 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endApr 7 at 5:04 PMApr 7 at 12:04 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.
Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Oct 2, 1978.

Eclipses in Your City


Eclipses during year 1978

Eclipses during year 2015

Eclipses during year 2016

See all Solar & Lunar Eclipses Worldwide

About Solar Eclipses

About Lunar Eclipses

Moonrise & Moonset times

Sunrise & Sunset times

You might also like

Annular solar eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves in front of the Sun but does not cover the it completely. more