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February 26, 1979 — 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: West in Europe, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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: 8017f9d2c
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=221 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Salem, Oregon, U.S.A. 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
  • Salem, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=202 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395392 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=3237 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A. 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
  • Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=185 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Olympia, Washington, U.S.A. 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
  • Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=2484 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Pasco, Washington, U.S.A. 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
  • Pasco, Washington, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=3654 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.A. 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
  • Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=3993 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A. 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
  • Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=3358 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Missoula, Montana, U.S.A. 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
  • Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=3754 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A. 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
  • Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=100 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Helena, Montana, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395904 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Helena, Montana, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=3285 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Sidney, Montana, U.S.A. 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
  • Sidney, Montana, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=1115 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 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
  • Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=1116 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Morden, Manitoba, Canada 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
  • Morden, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=1119 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396160 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=1117 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada 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
  • Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=265 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 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
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=1121 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada 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
  • Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=4074 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Salluit, Quebec, Canada 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
  • Salluit, Quebec, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=1163 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada 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
  • Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=1918 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada 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
  • Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada
  • 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: 8017fa054
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=247 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico 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
  • Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=503 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico 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
  • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=137 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. 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
  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=154 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico 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
  • Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=155 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico 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
  • Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=234 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396992 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=256 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 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
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=55 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Calgary, Alberta, Canada 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
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=99 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Havana, Cuba 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
  • Havana, Cuba
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=173 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nassau, Bahamas DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397248 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=250 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Toronto, Ontario, Canada 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
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=179 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=New York, New York, U.S.A. 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
  • New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=165 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Montreal, Quebec, Canada DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397440 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=38 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hamilton, Bermuda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397504 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Hamilton, Bermuda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=701 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397568 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=4217 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kangerlussuaq, Greenland DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397632 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=703 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nuuk, Greenland DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397760 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Nuuk, Greenland
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=730 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Saint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397824 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Saint-Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=78 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Dublin, Ireland DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397952 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=211 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Reykjavik, Iceland DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398016 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 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 beginFeb 26 at 2:44 PMFeb 26 at 9:44 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginFeb 26 at 4:06 PMFeb 26 at 11:06 AM
Maximum EclipseFeb 26 at 4:52 PMFeb 26 at 11:52 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endFeb 26 at 5:40 PMFeb 26 at 12:40 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endFeb 26 at 7:02 PMFeb 26 at 2:02 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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