August 21, 2017 — Total Solar Eclipse
The total solar eclipse will be visible from most locations in the United States.
This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible from contiguous United States since 1979. The total phase of the eclipse will be visible from locations spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. The last time this happened was during the June 8, 1918 total solar eclipse.
Parts of Western Europe and northern and western South America will experience a partial solar eclipse.
The eclipse will begin at 03:47 p.m. (15:47) UTC. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 06:22 p.m. (18:22) UTC. Totality will last for 2 mins 40 secs.
Where to see the eclipse
Regions seeing at least a partial eclipse: West in Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see partial eclipse begin||Aug 21 at 3:45 PM||Aug 21 at 11:45 AM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Aug 21 at 4:47 PM||Aug 21 at 12:47 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 21 at 6:20 PM||Aug 21 at 2:20 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Aug 21 at 8:01 PM||Aug 21 at 4:01 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Aug 21 at 9:03 PM||Aug 21 at 5:03 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
Total Solar Eclipse
Aug 21, 2017 at 3:45 PM UTC
Eclipses visible from your city
Eclipses during year 2017
- Feb 10 / Feb 11, 2017 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 26, 2017 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 7, 2017 – Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses during year 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Apr 4, 2015 – Total Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 28, 2015 – Total Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses during year 2016
- Mar 8 / Mar 9, 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Mar 23, 2016 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 16, 2016 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse