Dec 4, 2021 Total 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).
Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.
Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- South in Australia
- South in Africa
- South in South America
- Indian Ocean
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Walvis Bay, Namibia
- Springbok, South Africa
- Worcester, South Africa
- Stellenbosch, South Africa
- King Edward Point, South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
- Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands), South Africa
- Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Mawson, Antarctica
- Davis, Antarctica
- McMurdo, Antarctica
- Oban, New Zealand
- Casey, Antarctica
- Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia
- Traralgon, Victoria, Australia
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe 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||Dec 4 at 5:30 AM||Dec 4 at 12:30 AM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Dec 4 at 7:01 AM||Dec 4 at 2:01 AM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 4 at 7:34 AM||Dec 4 at 2:34 AM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Dec 4 at 8:07 AM||Dec 4 at 3:07 AM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Dec 4 at 9:38 AM||Dec 4 at 4:38 AM|
* 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 viewable in Washington DC.
Eclipses during year 2021
- May 26, 2021 Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 10, 2021 Annular Solar Eclipse
- Nov 19, 2021 Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 4, 2021 Total Solar Eclipse (Currently shown)
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