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October 12, 1996 — Partial Solar Eclipse

Was this Partial 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.


Where the eclipse could be seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

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

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 beginOct 12 at 11:58 AMOct 12 at 7:58 AM
Maximum EclipseOct 12 at 2:01 PMOct 12 at 10:01 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endOct 12 at 4:03 PMOct 12 at 12:03 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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