Jul 31, 1981 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).
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Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- Parts of Europe
- Parts of Asia
- Parts of North America
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Yerevan, Armenia
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Kutaisi, Georgia
- Pyatigorsk, Russia
- Atyrau, Kazakhstan
- Aqtobe, Kazakhstan
- Oral, Kazakhstan
- Astana, Kazakhstan
- Moscow, Russia
- Omsk, Russia
- Barnaul, Russia
- Novosibirsk, Russia
- Kemerovo, Russia
- Krasnoyarsk, Russia
- Irkutsk, Russia
- Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia
- Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
- Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
- Midway, Midway Atoll, U.S.A.
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||Jul 31 at 1:12 AM||Jul 30 at 9:12 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Jul 31 at 2:18 AM||Jul 30 at 10:18 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jul 31 at 3:42 AM||Jul 30 at 11:42 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Jul 31 at 5:15 AM||Jul 31 at 1:15 AM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Jul 31 at 6:21 AM||Jul 31 at 2:21 AM|
* 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 1981
- Jan 20, 1981 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 4 – Feb 5, 1981 Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 17, 1981 Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 31, 1981 Total Solar Eclipse (Currently shown)
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