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December 14, 1955 Annular Solar Eclipse

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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, Asia, Much of Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

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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 30.7 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 14 at 04:01:13Dec 13 at 11:01:13 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 14 at 05:10:26Dec 14 at 12:10:26 am
Maximum EclipseDec 14 at 07:01:53Dec 14 at 2:01:53 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 14 at 08:53:21Dec 14 at 3:53:21 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 14 at 10:02:35Dec 14 at 5:02:35 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

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

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndAnnularity Duration
Cambodia
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:47 pm ICT5:02 pm ICT10m, 49s
Chad
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:38 am WAT7:39 am WAT8m
China
Annular Solar Eclipse
11:25 am IST6:02 pm CST10m, 26s
Djibouti
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:02 am EAT10:22 am EAT10m, 26s
Eritrea
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:01 am CAT10:21 am EAT11m, 55s
Ethiopia
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:01 am EAT10:09 am 26m, 32s
Hong Kong
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:15 pm CST5:42 pm HKT1m, 11s
India
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:22 am IST3:26 pm IST10m, 37s
Japan
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:27 pm JST6:01 pm JST7m, 33s
Laos
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:44 pm ICT5:02 pm ICT10m, 29s
Libya
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:46 am CAT8:44 am 7m, 46s
Maldives
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:44 am MMT2:13 pm MMT14m, 49s
Myanmar
Annular Solar Eclipse
12:48 pm MMT4:59 pm ICT12m, 44s
Somalia
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:03 am EAT10:22 am 22m, 48s
Sudan
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:01 am CAT9:06 am CAT15m, 5s
Taiwan
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:22 pm CST5:20 pm CST7m, 59s
Thailand
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:31 pm ICT5:02 pm ICT18m
Vietnam
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:51 pm ICT5:02 pm ICT9m, 24s
Afghanistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:24 am AFT1:05 pm AFT---
Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:52 am CET7:43 am CET---
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am 6:36 am WET---
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:29 am CAT8:11 am CAT---
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am 10:41 am IRST---
Australia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:30 pm 4:46 pm ---
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am CET7:45 am CET---
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am 10:18 am ---
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:24 am GST11:36 am GST---
Bangladesh
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:11 pm 3:50 pm ---
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:56 am MSK9:52 am MSK---
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:52 am WAT7:14 am WAT---
Bhutan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:49 am IST3:12 pm IST---
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:09 am CET7:44 am CET---
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:14 am SAST7:41 am SAST---
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:51 am IOT2:07 pm IOT---
Brunei
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:21 pm 5:54 pm BNT---
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:28 am EET8:48 am EET---
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am WAT6:14 am GMT---
Burundi
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am CAT9:24 am ---
Cameroon
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:48 am WAT7:24 am WAT---
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:09 am WAT7:37 am WAT---
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:11 pm CXT4:27 pm CXT---
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:07 pm CCT3:53 pm CCT---
Comoros
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:28 am EAT10:12 am EAT---
Congo
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 am WAT7:20 am WAT---
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am CAT8:44 am CAT---
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:09 am CET7:44 am CET---
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:42 am EET8:55 am EET---
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:36 am CET7:46 am CET---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 pm TLT6:13 pm TLT---
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am CAT9:01 am EET---
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am WAT6:08 am GMT---
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:50 am MSK9:52 am MSK---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:29 am TFT12:44 pm TFT---
Gabon
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 am WAT7:11 am WAT---
Georgia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am EET10:09 am ---
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:58 am GMT6:10 am GMT---
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:10 am EET8:47 am EET---
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:12 am EET7:46 am CET---
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:49 pm WIB5:26 pm WIB---
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:29 am AST11:48 am IRST---
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am AST10:24 am AST---
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 am IST8:57 am IST---
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:01 am CET7:42 am CET---
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am AST10:03 am AST---
Kazakhstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:08 am 2:37 pm ALMT---
Kenya
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am CAT10:17 am EAT---
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:56 am CET7:44 am CET---
Kuwait
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:24 am AST10:25 am AST---
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:47 am 4:37 pm CST---
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am MSK9:51 am MSK---
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:30 am EET8:58 am EET---
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am MSK9:50 am MSK---
Macau
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:15 pm CST5:44 pm CST---
Madagascar
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:30 am EAT10:32 am EAT---
Malawi
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:11 am 9:25 am ---
Malaysia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:07 pm 5:27 pm ---
Mali
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am GMT5:21 am WAT---
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:05 am CET7:37 am CET---
Mauritius
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:31 am MUT12:06 pm MUT---
Mayotte
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:31 am EAT10:14 am EAT---
Micronesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 pm CHUT6:28 pm CHUT---
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:36 am MSK9:50 am MSK---
Mongolia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:50 pm ULAT4:29 pm ULAT---
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am CET7:43 am CET---
Mozambique
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:11 am 9:00 am CAT---
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:13 am SAST7:42 am SAST---
Nepal
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:23 am IST3:06 pm IST---
Niger
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:18 am GMT7:31 am WAT---
Nigeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 am WAT7:23 am WAT---
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:23 pm KST5:20 pm KST---
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am CET7:44 am CET---
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:15 am AST12:13 pm GST---
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:45 am 1:53 pm ---
Palau
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:53 pm 6:08 pm ---
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am IST8:57 am EET---
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 pm PGT6:10 pm ---
Philippines
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:26 pm 5:56 pm ---
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am CET7:49 am CET---
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:22 am GST11:39 am GST---
Reunion
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am RET11:34 am RET---
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:32 am EET8:49 am EET---
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:50 am 4:03 pm ULAT---
Rwanda
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am CAT9:25 am ---
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:39 am CET7:41 am CET---
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:24 am GMT6:03 am GMT---
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:04 am AST11:57 am GST---
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:52 am CET8:45 am EET---
Seychelles
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:20 am SCT12:09 pm SCT---
Singapore
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:22 pm 5:22 pm ---
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:18 am CET7:47 am CET---
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:33 am CET7:44 am CET---
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:54 pm KST5:00 pm KST---
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:01 am CAT9:58 am EAT---
Sri Lanka
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:46 am IST3:09 pm IST---
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am EET10:05 am AST---
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:05 am AFT2:35 pm ---
Tanzania
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:10 am EAT9:49 am ---
Togo
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 am GMT6:11 am GMT---
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am CET7:37 am CET---
Turkey
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am EET10:39 am IRST---
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:58 am 1:06 pm ---
Uganda
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am CAT9:39 am ---
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:03 am MSK9:57 am MSK---
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am AST11:55 am GST---
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:15 am 2:19 pm ---
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:32 am CET7:40 am CET---
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am AST11:03 am AST---
Zambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 am CAT8:36 am CAT---
Zimbabwe
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:49 am CAT8:19 am CAT---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Annularity duration" gives the time between the start and finish of annularity within the entire country (not at one location).

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse1,620,000,00059.31%
At least 10% partial1,480,000,00054.20%
At least 20% partial1,310,000,00047.93%
At least 30% partial1,110,000,00040.73%
At least 40% partial875,000,00031.88%
At least 50% partial577,000,00021.02%
At least 60% partial377,000,00013.73%
At least 70% partial212,000,0007.75%
At least 80% partial87,900,0003.20%
Totality or annularity39,400,0001.44%

* 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: November 29, 1955 — Partial Lunar Eclipse