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July 31, 1981 — 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: North/East Europe, North/East Asia, North/West North America, Pacific, 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: 80180ac2c
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=1968 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Arkalyk, Kazakhstan 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
  • Arkalyk, Kazakhstan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=4525 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bratsk, Russia 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
  • Bratsk, Russia
  • 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: 80180ac84
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=4199 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Karaj, Iran 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
  • Karaj, Iran
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=369 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Baku, Azerbaijan 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
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=27 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Baghdad, Iraq 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
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=370 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Yerevan, Armenia 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
  • Yerevan, Armenia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=244 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tashkent, Uzbekistan 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
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=371 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tbilisi, Georgia 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
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=4002 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Trabzon, Turkey 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
  • Trabzon, Turkey
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=384 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 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
  • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=382 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Almaty, Kazakhstan 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
  • Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=921 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Astana, Kazakhstan 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
  • Astana, Kazakhstan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=367 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kyiv, Ukraine 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
  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=166 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Moscow, Russia 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
  • Moscow, Russia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=950 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hovd, Mongolia 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
  • Hovd, Mongolia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=375 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Novosibirsk, Russia 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
  • Novosibirsk, Russia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=372 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Krasnoyarsk, Russia 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
  • Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=720 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 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
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=4432 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Xilinji, Heilongjiang, China 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
  • Xilinji, Heilongjiang, China
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=2439 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia 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
  • Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=248 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Tokyo, Japan 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
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=103 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 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
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
  • 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 beginJul 31 at 1:10 AMJul 30 at 9:10 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginJul 31 at 2:16 AMJul 30 at 10:16 PM
Maximum EclipseJul 31 at 3:41 AMJul 30 at 11:41 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endJul 31 at 5:13 AMJul 31 at 1:13 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endJul 31 at 6:19 AMJul 31 at 2:19 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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