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December 23, 1908 Total Solar Eclipse

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What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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Path of the Eclipse Shadow

Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South in Africa, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)






The dark areas symbolize night and twilight.

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide — Timeline

The eclipse started at one location and ended at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurred. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 9.9 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 23 at 09:06:18Dec 23 at 4:06:18 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 23 at 10:10:38Dec 23 at 5:10:38 am
Maximum EclipseDec 23 at 11:44:19Dec 23 at 6:44:19 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 23 at 13:17:55Dec 23 at 8:17:55 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 23 at 14:22:11Dec 23 at 9:22:11 am

* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for Washington DC are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jun 17 – Jun 18, 1909.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:56 am 7:31 am 5m, 36s (Annularity)
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:21 am 8:20 am 58s (Annularity)
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:45 am 7:05 am 1m, 6s (Annularity)
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:33 am 7:43 am 4m, 17s (Annularity)
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:10 am 1:26 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 am 6:34 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:36 pm SAST3:43 pm SAST---
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 pm IOT6:29 pm IOT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 am 5:43 am PET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:12 pm 4:38 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:57 pm SAST3:58 pm SAST---
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:01 am 7:57 am ---
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:59 am 6:48 am ---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:44 am 2:15 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am 6:32 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:39 pm SAST3:55 pm SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:29 pm 5:26 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:55 pm CAT3:40 pm CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:38 pm MUT6:21 pm MUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:12 pm 4:53 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:00 pm SAST4:01 pm CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:17 pm SAST3:34 pm SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 am AMT7:25 am AMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:01 am PET6:01 am PET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:17 pm 6:02 pm ---
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:27 am 12:19 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm SCT5:53 pm SCT---
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:06 pm SAST4:00 pm SAST---
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:56 am GST10:29 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am 6:42 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 am 6:30 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:18 pm SAST3:49 pm CAT---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Totality duration" gives the time between the start and finish of totality within the entire country (not at one location).

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse68,700,0004.64%
At least 10% partial56,000,0003.78%
At least 20% partial44,500,0003.01%
At least 30% partial37,700,0002.55%
At least 40% partial35,300,0002.39%
At least 50% partial31,100,0002.11%
At least 60% partial25,100,0001.70%
At least 70% partial17,000,0001.15%
At least 80% partial10,700,0000.72%
At least 90% partial2,850,0000.19%
Totality or annularity125,0000.008%

* The number of people refers to the resident population (as a round number) in areas where the eclipse is visible. timeanddate has calculated these numbers using raw population data provided by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The raw data is based on population estimates from the year 2000 to 2020.

An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: December 7–8, 1908 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse