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Mar 8 - Mar 9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse

What the eclipse would look like near the maximum point

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like in near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).

Is this eclipse viewable in New York?


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The animation shows where this total solar eclipse is visible (white, gray and red shading) as well as day and night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

The colors within the shaded area show how much of the Sun's disk the Moon covers during the eclipse. The dark center of the red area shows the best locations to view this eclipse. Here, the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun and the eclipse is total.

In the red area, the Sun is obscured 90 percent or more, in the dark gray area the Moon covers between 25 and 90 percent of the Sun's disk. The white shaded area symbolizes locations where less than 25 percent are covered.

The dark strip in the center indicates the best locations for viewing the eclipse. Here, the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun.

The eclipse is also visible in the areas that are shaded red, but less of the Sun's disk is obscured. The fainter the red shading the less of the Sun's disk is covered during the eclipse.

Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:

Total eclipse visible in:

Locations near the shadow's path:

Partial eclipse visible in:

A large part of the Sun is eclipsed in these locations.


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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 New York*
First location to see partial eclipse beginMar 8 at 11:20 PMMar 8 at 6:20 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginMar 9 at 12:16 AMMar 8 at 7:16 PM
Maximum EclipseMar 9 at 2:00 AMMar 8 at 9:00 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endMar 9 at 3:39 AMMar 8 at 10:39 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endMar 9 at 4:35 AMMar 8 at 11:35 PM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from New York. 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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