Jul 11, 2010 Total Solar Eclipse
A total solar eclipse occurs on July 11, 2010. Tourists and inhabitants on Easter Island (Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua) and other small islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, as well as in southern Argentina and Chile in South America, can witness this 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:
- South/West South America
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Apia, Samoa
- Neiafu, Tonga
- Alofi, Niue
- Pangai, Tonga
- Nukualofa, Tonga
- Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Vaitape (Bora Bora), Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Taiohae, Marquesas Islands, France
- Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
- Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands
- Punta Arenas, Chile
- Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
- Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
- Puerto Montt, Chile
- Osorno, Chile
- Valdivia, Chile
- Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina
- Temuco, Chile
- Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina
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 11 at 5:09 PM||Jul 11 at 1:09 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Jul 11 at 6:15 PM||Jul 11 at 2:15 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jul 11 at 7:35 PM||Jul 11 at 3:35 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Jul 11 at 8:51 PM||Jul 11 at 4:51 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Jul 11 at 9:57 PM||Jul 11 at 5:57 PM|
* 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.
The eclipse's path
The total solar eclipse on July 11, 2010 is visible in parts of South Amermica, but it does not touch the mainland until sunset. Therefore, those wishing to witness this eclipse on mainland southern Argentina and Chile see it during sunset.
The best place to watch the eclipse is Easter Island, but it is also visible in places such as Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Wellington Island, which is off the coast of Chile. The path of totality ends after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a large region covering the South Pacific and southern South America.
Eclipses in 2010
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