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April 7, 1940 Annular Solar Eclipse

This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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 America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic.

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This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 24.5 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginApr 7 at 17:17:26Apr 7 at 12:17:26 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginApr 7 at 18:22:59Apr 7 at 1:22:59 pm
Maximum EclipseApr 7 at 20:20:57Apr 7 at 3:20:57 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endApr 7 at 22:18:45Apr 7 at 5:18:45 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endApr 7 at 23:24:18Apr 7 at 6:24:18 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. 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. See the actual times the eclipse is visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Mar 27, 1941

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Kiribati
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:40 am LINT9:43 am LINT
Mexico
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:03 pm CST5:21 pm CST
United States
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:24 am HST6:24 pm EST
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 am 8:40 am
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:11 pm AST6:28 pm AST
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:13 pm EST5:23 pm EST
Aruba
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:43 pm 6:22 pm
Barbados
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:10 pm AST
Belize
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:31 pm CST5:19 pm CST
Bermuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:00 pm AST6:43 pm AST
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 pm AMT6:45 pm AMT
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 pm AST6:34 pm AST
Canada
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:51 am PST6:10 pm EST
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:42 pm 6:15 pm
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:48 pm EST6:22 pm EST
Colombia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:55 pm COT6:17 pm COT
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am CKT9:31 am CKT
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:49 pm CST5:11 pm CST
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:39 pm CST6:24 pm CST
Curaçao
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:44 pm 6:18 pm
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:15 pm AST6:19 pm AST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:02 pm EST6:03 pm EST
Ecuador
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:57 pm 5:46 pm ECT
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:33 pm CST5:14 pm CST
Fiji
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:00 am FJT7:30 am FJT
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:30 pm GFT5:44 pm GFT
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:25 am TAHT11:04 am MART
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:06 pm WGT7:16 pm WGT
Grenada
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:18 pm AST
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm AST6:20 pm AST
Guatemala
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:25 pm CST5:18 pm CST
Guyana
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:55 pm VET5:43 pm VET
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:00 pm EST6:12 pm EST
Honduras
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:34 pm CST5:20 pm CST
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:54 pm EST6:22 pm EST
Japan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:32 am JST4:34 am JST
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:27 am 5:41 am
Martinique
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:16 pm AST6:17 pm AST
Micronesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:05 am 5:36 am
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:13 pm AST6:22 pm AST
Nauru
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am NRT7:05 am NRT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:45 am NCT6:21 am NCT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am NZST7:06 am NZST
Nicaragua
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:41 pm CST5:18 pm CST
Niue
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am NUT8:09 am NUT
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:15 am 6:20 am
Panama
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:59 pm EST6:11 pm EST
Peru
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:41 pm COT5:41 pm COT
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:08 pm AST6:46 pm AST
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST6:25 pm AST
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm AST6:16 pm AST
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST6:27 pm AST
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:01 pm AST6:23 pm AST
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:18 pm AST6:17 pm AST
Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:01 am 8:06 am
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST5:57 pm
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:50 am SBT6:31 am SBT
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST6:26 pm AST
Suriname
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 pm 6:13 pm
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:47 pm EST6:24 pm EST
Tokelau
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am TKT8:43 am TKT
Tonga
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am TOT7:51 am TOT
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm AST6:17 pm AST
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:00 pm EST6:06 pm EST
Tuvalu
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am TVT7:36 am TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:21 am 6:15 pm EST
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 pm AST6:35 pm AST
Vanuatu
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:50 am VUT6:27 am VUT
Venezuela
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:12 pm COT6:03 pm COT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 am WFT7:33 am 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 eclipse125,000,0007.36%
At least 10% partial119,000,0007.01%
At least 20% partial113,000,0006.65%
At least 30% partial102,000,0005.98%
At least 40% partial95,000,0005.57%
At least 50% partial82,300,0004.83%
At least 60% partial46,400,0002.72%
At least 70% partial25,200,0001.48%
At least 80% partial13,400,0000.79%
Totality or annularity4,700,0000.28%

* 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: March 23, 1940 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: April 22, 1940 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse