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October 12, 1996 — Partial Solar Eclipse

What the eclipse will look like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point of the eclipse

Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: Much of Europe, East in Asia, North/West Africa, West in North America, Atlantic, Arctic.

Example cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in Seattle?

Solar Eclipse Path

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Shades of darkness


Astronomical Twilight (Sun is 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon).

Nautical Twilight (Sun is 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon).

Civil Twilight (Sun is 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon).


Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is 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 happens worldwide

The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.

EventUTC TimeTime in Seattle*
First location to see partial eclipse beginOct 12 at 12:00 NoonOct 12 at 5:00 AM
Maximum EclipseOct 12 at 2:03 PMOct 12 at 7:03 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endOct 12 at 4:05 PMOct 12 at 9:05 AM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Seattle. 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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