Feb 26, 1979 Total Solar Eclipse
What the eclipse would look like near the maximum point
The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).
Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.
Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- West in Europe
- Much of North America
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
- Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
- Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.
- Lewiston, Idaho, U.S.A.
- Butte, Montana, U.S.A.
- Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A.
- Billings, Montana, U.S.A.
- Sidney, Montana, U.S.A.
- Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
- Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
- Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada
- Pangnirtung, Nunavut Territory, Canada
- Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
- San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
- Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
- Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.
- Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.A.
- Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
- Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
- Washington DC, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
- New York, New York, U.S.A.
- Pond Inlet, Nunavut Territory, Canada
- Qaanaaq, Greenland
- Thule Air Base, Greenland
- Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada
- Nuuk, Greenland
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see partial eclipse begin||Feb 26 at 2:45 PM||Feb 26 at 9:45 AM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Feb 26 at 4:07 PM||Feb 26 at 11:07 AM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 26 at 4:53 PM||Feb 26 at 11:53 AM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Feb 26 at 5:41 PM||Feb 26 at 12:41 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Feb 26 at 7:03 PM||Feb 26 at 2:03 PM|
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Washington DC. 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.
Eclipses viewable in Washington DC.
Eclipses during year 1979
- Feb 26, 1979 Total Solar Eclipse (Currently shown)
- Mar 13 – Mar 14, 1979 Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 22, 1979 Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 6, 1979 Total Lunar Eclipse
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