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November 3, 2013 — Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa on November 3, 2013. The eclipse will be partial for people in some parts of Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

This is a hybrid eclipse because it is both a total and an annular eclipse.

Was this Total 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: South/West Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, South/East North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean.

Observers in the eastern coast of the United States, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa will be able to see a partial eclipse.

The eclipse will reach its maximum over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Liberia.

The whole eclipse will be visible to observers in Gabon, Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area that saw the total 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


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).


Area that saw the total 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 partial eclipse beginNov 3 at 10:04 AMNov 3 at 5:04 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginNov 3 at 11:05 AMNov 3 at 6:05 AM
Maximum EclipseNov 3 at 12:50 PMNov 3 at 7:50 AM
Last location to see full Eclipse endNov 3 at 2:27 PMNov 3 at 9:27 AM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endNov 3 at 3:28 PMNov 3 at 10:28 AM

* 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 Total Solar Eclipse will be on Mar 20, 2015.

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