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August 21, 2017 — Great American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse)

The total phase of this total solar eclipse will be visible from a narrow path spanning all across the USA from the East Coast to the West Coast (see map below), weather permitting.

In the surrounding areas, people will see a partial solar eclipse.

Is this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Will Look Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where to See the Eclipse

Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: West in Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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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


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).


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.

Where & When Is the Maximum Point?

The eclipse will begin at 15:45 UTC. The maximum point of the eclipse will take place near Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 18:20 UTC. Totality will last for 2 mins 40 secs.

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First Total Eclipse in USA Since 1979

This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was in June 8, 1918.

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 the partial eclipse beginAug 21 at 15:46Aug 21 at 11:46 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 21 at 16:48Aug 21 at 12:48 pm
Maximum eclipseAug 21 at 18:21Aug 21 at 2:21 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 21 at 20:02Aug 21 at 4:02 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 21 at 21:04Aug 21 at 5:04 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 maximum, 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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Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jul 2, 2019.

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Aug 21, 2017 at 15:46 UTC

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