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.
Where to see the eclipse
Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: North/East Europe, North/East Asia, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
When the eclipse happens worldwide
The 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 visible in Washington DC.
Eclipses visible from your city
Eclipses during year 2012
- May 20 / May 21, 2012 – Annular Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Jun 4, 2012 – Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 13 / Nov 14, 2012 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Nov 28, 2012 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2014
- Apr 15, 2014 – Total Lunar Eclipse
- Apr 29, 2014 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Oct 8, 2014 – Total Lunar Eclipse
- Oct 23, 2014 – Partial Solar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Apr 4, 2015 – Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 28, 2015 – Total Lunar Eclipse