May 20 – May 21, 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse
The first solar eclipse in 2012 will be an annular solar eclipse on May 20–21. This is the first annular eclipse visible from the United States in 18 years. The eclipse will also be seen from eastern Asia and the northern Pacific. It starts in Asia and ends in the US.IMPORTANT: Protect your eyes while watching the 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).
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 Europe
- Parts of Asia
- Much of North America
Annular eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Shenzhen, China
- Shantou, China
- Foshan, China
- Kagoshima, Japan
- Kobe, Japan
- Osaka, Japan
- Suzuka, Japan
- Hamamatsu, Japan
- Nagoya, Japan
- Shizuoka, Japan
- Sagamihara, Japan
- Yokohama, Japan
- Kawasaki, Japan
- Tokyo, Japan
- Eureka, California, U.S.A.
- Redding, California, U.S.A.
- Chico, California, U.S.A.
- St. George, Utah, U.S.A.
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Shanghai, China
- Kumamoto, Japan
- Matsuyama, Japan
- Himeji, Japan
- Seoul, South Korea
- Beijing, China
- Niigata, Japan
- Adak, Alaska, U.S.A.
- Unalaska, Alaska, U.S.A.
- Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
- Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
- Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
- Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
- San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
- Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
- Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
- Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
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||May 20 at 8:56 PM||May 20 at 4:56 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||May 20 at 10:06 PM||May 20 at 6:06 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||May 20 at 11:54 PM||May 20 at 7:54 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||May 21 at 1:39 AM||May 20 at 9:39 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||May 21 at 2:49 AM||May 20 at 10:49 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.
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