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November 13, 2012 – November 14, 2012 — Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse can be seen from parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica on November 13–14, 2012. It is November 14 local time when the eclipse is visible in places east of the International Date Line.

The eclipse starts at 19:38 Universal Time (UT) on November 13 and ends at 00:46 UT on November 14, 2012.

What the eclipse will look like near the maximum point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse


Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: South in Asia, Much of Australia, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

This solar eclipse is visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific Ocean. The best place to view the total eclipse is the city of Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, which experiences about 2 minutes of totality at about 20:38 UT, or 06:38 AEST, on November 14. The nearby town of Port Douglas also experiences the eclipse and hosts a solar eclipse marathon run to coincide with the event.

Is this eclipse viewable in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area seeing the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Shades of darkness

Night

Astronomical Twilight (Sun is 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon).

Nautical Twilight (Sun is 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon).

Civil Twilight (Sun is 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon).

Day

Area seeing the total solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 90% of the sun is covered.

Up to 40% of the sun is covered.

Eclipse is not visible at all.

Note: Percentage values (%) relate to moon coverage of the sun and depends on location. Visibility is weather permitting.

Example cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
Example cities where partial eclipse is visible

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see partial eclipse beginNov 13 at 7:38 PMNov 13 at 2:38 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginNov 13 at 8:35 PMNov 13 at 3:35 PM
Maximum EclipseNov 13 at 10:13 PMNov 13 at 5:13 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endNov 13 at 11:48 PMNov 13 at 6:48 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endNov 14 at 12:45 AMNov 13 at 7:45 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.
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