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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.

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: West in Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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: 801822508
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=2213 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A. 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
  • Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=221 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Salem, Oregon, U.S.A. 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
  • Salem, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=3582 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Ontario, Oregon, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395456 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Ontario, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=3708 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Jackson, Wyoming, U.S.A. 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
  • Jackson, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=2104 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Casper, Wyoming, U.S.A. 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
  • Casper, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=2417 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.A. 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
  • Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=405 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. 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
  • Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=838 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Independence, Missouri, U.S.A. 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
  • Independence, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=109 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.A. 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
  • Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=3964 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Washington, Missouri, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395904 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Washington, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=3837 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372395968 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Hopkinsville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=2126 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 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
  • Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=171 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 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
  • Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=3544 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Cleveland, Tennessee, U.S.A. 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
  • Cleveland, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=3301 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A. 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
  • Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=2465 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. 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
  • Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=2494 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.A. 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
  • Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=2464 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Taylors, South Carolina, U.S.A. DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396416 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Taylors, South Carolina, 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=66 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. 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
  • Columbia, South Carolina, 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=1082 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. 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
  • Charleston, South Carolina, 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 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: 801822830
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=256 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 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
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=1 cityid=250 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Toronto, Ontario, Canada DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372396672 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=2 cityid=165 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Montreal, Quebec, Canada 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
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=3 cityid=263 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Washington DC, District of Columbia, U.S.A. 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
  • Washington DC, District of Columbia, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=4 cityid=179 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=New York, New York, U.S.A. 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
  • New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=5 cityid=99 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Havana, Cuba 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
  • Havana, Cuba
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=6 cityid=173 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Nassau, Bahamas 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
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=7 cityid=38 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Hamilton, Bermuda 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
  • Hamilton, Bermuda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=8 cityid=709 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Port-au-Prince, Haiti 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
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=9 cityid=230 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 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
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=10 cityid=226 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=San Juan, Puerto Rico DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397312 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=11 cityid=687 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=The Valley, Anguilla DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397376 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • The Valley, Anguilla
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=12 cityid=3549 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Marigot, Saint Martin, France DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397440 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Marigot, Saint Martin, France
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=13 cityid=3548 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy, France DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397504 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy, France
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=14 cityid=728 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397568 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=15 cityid=688 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397696 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=16 cityid=707 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397824 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=17 cityid=698 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Roseau, Dominica DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372397952 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Roseau, Dominica
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=18 cityid=46 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Bridgetown, Barbados DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398016 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type E DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type i=19 cityid=685 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type B i=Praia, Cabo Verde DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C1: glace=34372398080 DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type C DEBUG:C:world_maps-cont-print_places_for_type D
  • Praia, Cabo Verde
  • 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 beginAug 21 at 3:45 PMAug 21 at 11:45 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginAug 21 at 4:47 PMAug 21 at 12:47 PM
Maximum EclipseAug 21 at 6:20 PMAug 21 at 2:20 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endAug 21 at 8:01 PMAug 21 at 4:01 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endAug 21 at 9:03 PMAug 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.
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Countdown until eclipse begins

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