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August 20, 1952 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: South in North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

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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 29.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginAug 20 at 12:21:57Aug 20 at 8:21:57 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 20 at 13:36:08Aug 20 at 9:36:08 am
Maximum EclipseAug 20 at 15:13:07Aug 20 at 11:13:07 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 20 at 16:49:39Aug 20 at 12:49:39 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 20 at 18:03:57Aug 20 at 2:03:57 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 Jan 5, 1954

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Argentina
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:21 am BOT2:34 pm
Bolivia
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:53 am PET1:11 pm BOT
Brazil
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:39 am COT2:38 pm BRT
Chile
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:06 am PET1:17 pm CLT
Paraguay
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:25 am PYT1:27 pm PYT
Peru
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:30 am PET11:43 am PET
Uruguay
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:57 am UYT2:37 pm UYT
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am AST10:40 am AST
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:41 pm 5:40 pm
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:11 am AST10:48 am AST
Aruba
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:13 am 10:39 am
Barbados
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:09 am AST11:11 am AST
Belize
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:32 am CST8:31 am CST
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:09 am AST10:40 am AST
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 am 10:43 am
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:44 am EST9:27 am EST
Colombia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:26 am COT11:08 am PET
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:23 am CST9:05 am CST
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:49 am CST9:29 am CST
Curaçao
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:14 am 10:42 am
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:08 am AST10:59 am AST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:51 am EST9:44 am EST
Ecuador
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am 10:49 am PET
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am CST8:42 am CST
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:34 am FKT1:32 pm FKT
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:15 am GFT12:04 pm GFT
Grenada
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:00 am AST11:17 am AST
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am AST10:55 am AST
Guatemala
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:29 am CST8:36 am CST
Guyana
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:26 am VET12:21 pm
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:48 am EST9:41 am EST
Honduras
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am CST8:43 am CST
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:43 am EST9:39 am EST
Martinique
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am AST11:03 am AST
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:30 am CST8:31 am CST
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am AST10:50 am AST
Nicaragua
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 am CST8:55 am CST
Panama
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:26 am EST10:17 am EST
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am 6:34 am
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:59 am AST10:44 am AST
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:46 pm GMT6:00 pm GMT
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:11 am AST10:47 am AST
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:06 am AST11:07 am AST
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am AST10:11 am
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am AST11:14 am AST
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:43 am 10:11 am
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:04 pm GST3:56 pm GST
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am AST10:42 am AST
Suriname
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:19 am 12:05 pm AMT
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am EST9:24 am EST
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:57 am AST11:26 am AST
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am EST9:22 am EST
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:48 am CST3:37 am
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:06 am AST10:45 am AST
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:08 am EDT9:54 am EDT
Venezuela
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am COT12:00 noon AMT

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 eclipse169,000,0006.55%
At least 10% partial127,000,0004.94%
At least 20% partial111,000,0004.29%
At least 30% partial91,500,0003.53%
At least 40% partial81,800,0003.16%
At least 50% partial63,100,0002.44%
At least 60% partial45,500,0001.76%
At least 70% partial33,000,0001.28%
At least 80% partial23,800,0000.92%
Totality or annularity7,080,0000.27%

* 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: August 5, 1952 — Partial Lunar Eclipse