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May 8/9, 1948 — Total Solar Eclipse
What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: East in Europe, Asia, North/West North America, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arctic.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||May 8 at 23:39:56||May 8 at 7:39:56 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||May 9 at 00:44:20||May 8 at 8:44:20 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||May 9 at 02:25:35||May 8 at 10:25:35 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||May 9 at 04:06:45||May 9 at 12:06:45 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||May 9 at 05:11:01||May 9 at 1:11:01 am|
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses Come in Pairs!
A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a solar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a lunar eclipse!
Preceding paired eclipse: April 23, 1948 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1948
- Apr 23, 1948 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- May 8 / May 9, 1948 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Oct 17/18, 1948 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 1, 1948 – Total Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2017
- Feb 10/11, 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 26, 2017 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 7/8, 2017 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27/28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse