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Feb 15, 2018 Partial 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).

Is this eclipse viewable in Seattle?


This animation requires Flash to be installed. We hope to offer it without needing Flash soon.

Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.

The animation shows where this partial solar eclipse is visible (white and/or gray shading) as well as day and night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

The colors within the shaded area show how much of the Sun's disk the Moon covers during the eclipse. In the dark gray area it covers between 25 and 90 percent of the Sun's disk. The white shaded area symbolizes locations where less than 25 percent are covered.

The dark strip in the center indicates the best locations for viewing the eclipse. Here the moon will appear in the center of the sun's disk.

The eclipse will also be visible in the areas that are shaded red, but to a lesser degree. The fainter the red shading the less the sun will appear to be covered.

Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:

Annular eclipse visible in:

Locations near the shadow's path:

Partial eclipse visible in:


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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 Seattle*
First location to see partial eclipse beginFeb 15 at 6:57 PMFeb 15 at 10:57 AM
Maximum EclipseFeb 15 at 8:52 PMFeb 15 at 12:52 PM
Last location to see partial Eclipse endFeb 15 at 10:48 PMFeb 15 at 2:48 PM

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Seattle. 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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