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December 14, 1955 Annular Solar Eclipse

Was this Annular 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: South/East Europe, Much of Asia, Much of Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 14 at 04:01:16Dec 13 at 11:01:16 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 14 at 05:10:25Dec 14 at 12:10:25 am
Maximum EclipseDec 14 at 07:01:54Dec 14 at 2:01:54 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 14 at 08:53:20Dec 14 at 3:53:20 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 14 at 10:02:32Dec 14 at 5:02:32 am

* 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. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Apr 29 – Apr 30, 1957.

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 29, 1955 — Partial Lunar Eclipse