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May 8/9, 1948 — Total Solar Eclipse

Was this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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: East in Europe, Asia, North/West North America, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMay 8 at 23:39:56May 8 at 7:39:56 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMay 9 at 00:44:20May 8 at 8:44:20 pm
Maximum EclipseMay 9 at 02:25:35May 8 at 10:25:35 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMay 9 at 04:06:45May 9 at 12:06:45 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMay 9 at 05:11:01May 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.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Nov 1, 1948.

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