Feb 7, 2008 Annular Solar Eclipse
The annular solar eclipse on February 7, 2008 is the first of 2 solar eclipses in 2008. The best locations to watch this eclipse are the south Pacific region and Antarctica, but it is also visible as a partial solar eclipse in New Zealand and parts of Australia.
What the eclipse would look like near the max point
The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).
Stages in eclipse
- Partial Eclipse just started
- Partial Eclipse in good progress
- Full Eclipse starts
- Maximum Eclipse
- Full Eclipse ends
- Partial Eclipse continues
- Partial Eclipse about to end
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:
- Parts of Australia
- Indian Ocean
Annular eclipse visible in...
Locations near the shadow's path:
Partial eclipse visible in...
- McMurdo, Antarctica
- Oban, New Zealand
- Invercargill, New Zealand
- Dunedin, New Zealand
- Queenstown, New Zealand
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Greymouth, New Zealand
- Chatham Islands, Chatham Islands, New Zealand
- Blenheim, New Zealand
- Nelson, New Zealand
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Palmerston North, New Zealand
- Wanganui, New Zealand
- Napier, New Zealand
- Taupo, New Zealand
- Gisborne, New Zealand
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Tauranga, New Zealand
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Rarotonga, Cook Islands
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe eclipse starts in one location and ends in another, the times below are for visibility for any location on earth.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see partial eclipse begin||Feb 7 at 1:38 AM||Feb 6 at 8:38 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Feb 7 at 3:20 AM||Feb 6 at 10:20 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 7 at 3:56 AM||Feb 6 at 10:56 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Feb 7 at 4:30 AM||Feb 6 at 11:30 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Feb 7 at 6:11 AM||Feb 7 at 1:11 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 local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam See eclipses viewable in Washington DC.
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