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March 8, 2016 – March 9, 2016 — Total Solar Eclipse

The total solar eclipse will be visible from Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and from locations in the Pacific ocean.

The eclipse will be partial for people in South and East Asia and northern and eastern Australia.

The eclipse will begin at 11:20 p.m. (23:20) UTC, on March 8 with the maximum point of the eclipse occuring at 02:00am UTC on March 9. Totality will last for 4 mins 09 secs.

What to look for during totality

Is this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the eclipse will look like near the maximum point

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

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Where to see the eclipse

Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: South/East Asia, North/East Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.

DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 801820c54
Expand for cities where at least part of the total eclipse is visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=576 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395328 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=2646 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395392 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=434 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395520 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=2647 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395584 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=767 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395648 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=2649 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Sofifi, North Maluku, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395712 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Sofifi, North Maluku, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 3 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 0 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 4 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 0: 801820d4c
Expand for cities where partial eclipse is visible
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 1 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 2 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3cnt:
    DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=0 cityid=1503 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bantam, Cocos Islands DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395776 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bantam, Cocos Islands
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=695 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=The Settlement, Christmas Island, Australia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395840 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • The Settlement, Christmas Island, Australia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=108 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Jakarta, Jakarta Special Capital Region, Indonesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396032 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Jakarta, Jakarta Special Capital Region, Indonesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=122 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396096 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=236 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Singapore, Singapore DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396160 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=28 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bangkok, Thailand DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396224 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=199 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Phnom Penh, Cambodia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396288 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=693 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396352 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=768 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Dili, Timor-Leste DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396480 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Dili, Timor-Leste
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=72 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396544 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=4192 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=General Santos, Philippines DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396608 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • General Santos, Philippines
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=1952 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Davao, Philippines DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396736 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Davao, Philippines
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=145 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Manila, Philippines DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396800 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Manila, Philippines
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=2174 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Melekeok, Palau DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396864 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Melekeok, Palau
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=91 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hagåtña, Guam DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396928 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Hagåtña, Guam
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=934 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396992 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=1072 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Palikir, Pohnpei, Micronesia DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397056 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Palikir, Pohnpei, Micronesia
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=2131 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Wake Island, Wake Island, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397120 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Wake Island, Wake Island, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=1890 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Midway, Midway Atoll, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397184 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Midway, Midway Atoll, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=103 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397248 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type 3
DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places 5

Is this eclipse visible 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.

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 beginMar 8 at 11:18 PMMar 8 at 6:18 PM
First location to see full Eclipse beginMar 9 at 12:14 AMMar 8 at 7:14 PM
Maximum EclipseMar 9 at 1:58 AMMar 8 at 8:58 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endMar 9 at 3:37 AMMar 8 at 10:37 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endMar 9 at 4:33 AMMar 8 at 11:33 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.

Countdown until eclipse begins

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Total Solar Eclipse

Mar 8, 2016 at 11:18 PM UTC


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