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May 20, 2012 – 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.

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Was this Annular Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

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

Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

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 the partial eclipse beginMay 20 at 20:56May 20 at 4:56 PM
First location to see the full eclipse beginMay 20 at 22:06May 20 at 6:06 PM
Maximum eclipseMay 20 at 23:54May 20 at 7:54 PM
Last location to see the full eclipse endMay 21 at 01:39May 20 at 9:39 PM
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMay 21 at 02:49May 20 at 10:49 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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Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on May 9 – May 10, 2013.

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