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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 15:45 Coordinated Universal Time (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.

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

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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, North/West 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.

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 3:46 PMAug 21 at 11:46 AM
First location to see full Eclipse beginAug 21 at 4:48 PMAug 21 at 12:48 PM
Maximum EclipseAug 21 at 6:21 PMAug 21 at 2:21 PM
Last location to see full Eclipse endAug 21 at 8:02 PMAug 21 at 4:02 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endAug 21 at 9:04 PMAug 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 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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Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jul 2, 2019.

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Total Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 at 3:46 PM UTC

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