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 near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).
Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.
Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- Parts of Asia
- Parts of Australia
- Indian Ocean
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
- Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
- Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Sofifi, North Maluku, Indonesia
Partial eclipse visible in:
A large part of the Sun is eclipsed in these locations.
- Bengkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia
- Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
- Jakarta, Jakarta Special Capital Region, Indonesia
- Jambi, Jambi, Indonesia
- Pangkal Pinang, Bangka-Belitung, Indonesia
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Singapore, Singapore
- Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
- Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
- Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
- Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Kendari, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Gorontalo, Gorontalo, Indonesia
- Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia
- Melekeok, Palau
- Guam (Hagåtña), Guam
- Wake Island, Wake Island, U.S.A.
- Midway, Midway Atoll, U.S.A.
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe 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||Mar 8 at 11:20 PM||Mar 8 at 6:20 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Mar 9 at 12:16 AM||Mar 8 at 7:16 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Mar 9 at 2:00 AM||Mar 8 at 9:00 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Mar 9 at 3:39 AM||Mar 8 at 10:39 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Mar 9 at 4:35 AM||Mar 8 at 11:35 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 viewable in Washington DC.
Eclipses during year 2016
- Mar 8 – Mar 9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse (Currently shown)
- Mar 23, 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 16, 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
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