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December 2–3, 1937 Annular 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: North/East Asia, North in Australia, South/West North America, Pacific.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

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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 24.1 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 2 at 20:05:06Dec 2 at 3:05:06 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 2 at 21:14:34Dec 2 at 4:14:34 pm
Maximum EclipseDec 2 at 23:05:21Dec 2 at 6:05:21 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 3 at 00:56:09Dec 2 at 7:56:09 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 3 at 02:05:38Dec 2 at 9:05:38 pm

* 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Apr 19, 1939

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Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:11 am JST7:58 am JST
Kiribati
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:19 am GILT3:02 pm LINT
Marshall Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:08 am 9:59 am
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:07 am 1:54 pm
Australia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:59 am PGT7:56 am PGT
Canada
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:01 pm 4:34 pm PST
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:30 am CST8:46 am VLAT
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:49 am CKT2:58 pm CKT
Fiji
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:53 am FJT12:11 pm FJT
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:10 pm TAHT4:15 pm MART
Guam
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am 8:39 am
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 am WIT8:12 am PGT
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:24 pm PST7:01 pm CST
Micronesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:09 am 9:24 am
Nauru
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:50 am NRT11:07 am NRT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:26 am NCT10:06 am NCT
Niue
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:15 am NUT1:16 pm NUT
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:29 am JST7:41 am JST
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 am 7:43 am
Palau
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:59 am 7:18 am
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 am PGT8:49 am PGT
Philippines
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:32 am 6:21 am
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am PETT12:19 pm ANAT
Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:40 am 1:16 pm
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:34 am SBT10:31 am SBT
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:10 am JST7:39 am JST
Taiwan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:19 am JST7:25 am JST
Tokelau
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:58 am TKT1:57 pm TKT
Tonga
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:32 am TOT12:48 pm TOT
Tuvalu
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:35 am TVT12:24 pm TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:10 am WAKT2:36 pm
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:14 am HST3:08 pm HST
Vanuatu
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:51 am VUT10:23 am VUT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:04 am WFT12:32 pm WFT

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.)

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse102,000,0005.76%
At least 10% partial58,000,0003.28%
At least 20% partial45,900,0002.59%
At least 30% partial37,500,0002.12%
At least 40% partial31,300,0001.77%
At least 50% partial20,700,0001.17%
At least 60% partial4,060,0000.23%
At least 70% partial15,8000.0008%
At least 80% partial35100.0001%
Totality or annularity17900.0001%

* 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: November 18, 1937 — Partial Lunar Eclipse