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June 20, 1955 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: Much of Asia, Much of Australia, South/East Africa, Pacific, 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)






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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 30.5 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJun 20 at 01:33:21Jun 19 at 9:33:21 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJun 20 at 02:26:52Jun 19 at 10:26:52 pm
Maximum EclipseJun 20 at 04:10:12Jun 20 at 12:10:12 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endJun 20 at 05:53:32Jun 20 at 1:53:32 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJun 20 at 06:47:04Jun 20 at 2:47:04 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 Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jun 8, 1956.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Total Solar Eclipse
9:03 am ICT12:17 pm ICT19m
Total Solar Eclipse
4:54 pm FJT5:54 pm FJT2m
Total Solar Eclipse
7:07 am IST10:07 am IST9m
Total Solar Eclipse
9:04 am ICT12:16 pm ICT13m
Total Solar Eclipse
6:28 am MMT8:40 am MMT3m
Total Solar Eclipse
8:21 am MMT11:23 am MMT8m
Total Solar Eclipse
12:28 pm 3:22 pm 2m
Total Solar Eclipse
10:38 am 2:09 pm 23m
Total Solar Eclipse
6:22 am SCT7:27 am SCT2m
Sri Lanka
Total Solar Eclipse
7:07 am IST9:32 am IST6m
Total Solar Eclipse
8:55 am ICT12:10 pm ICT23m
Total Solar Eclipse
10:05 am IDT1:23 pm IDT11m
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:45 am AFT7:58 am AFT---
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:57 pm 6:07 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:42 am 4:37 pm AEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:17 am GST7:07 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am 10:30 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:36 am IST9:54 am IST---
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:35 am IOT8:39 am IOT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:33 am BNT1:40 pm BNT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:07 am CST1:33 pm CST---
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:39 am CXT11:42 am CXT---
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:48 am CCT10:40 am CCT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:23 am EAT6:24 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:43 am EAT6:16 am EAT---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:33 pm TLT3:05 pm TLT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:51 am EET4:56 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:43 am EAT6:15 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:02 am 6:21 am EAT---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:49 am TFT8:24 am TFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:58 pm 4:25 pm ---
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:33 am 2:27 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:21 am WIB4:04 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am IRST6:54 am IRST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:57 am JST3:02 pm JST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am EAT6:22 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:47 pm GILT6:42 pm GILT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 am AST5:52 am AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:01 am CST11:08 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 am 2:26 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 am EAT6:24 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 am 1:52 pm ---
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm 5:37 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 am MUT7:26 am MUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:21 am EAT6:24 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:41 pm CHUT5:42 pm PONT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:04 am ULAT11:25 am ULAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:15 pm NRT6:12 pm NRT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:34 am IST9:45 am IST---
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:50 pm NCT5:34 pm NCT---
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:57 pm NZST5:27 pm NZST---
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:27 pm NFT5:27 pm NFT---
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:27 pm KST2:08 pm KST---
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:58 pm 3:24 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 am GST7:24 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:28 am IST9:10 am IST---
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:02 pm PGT4:45 pm PGT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am GST7:10 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:54 am RET7:22 am RET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:01 pm VLAT2:46 pm VLAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:57 pm WST6:10 pm WST---
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:58 am AST6:20 am AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:39 am 12:30 pm ---
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:33 pm SBT5:46 pm SBT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:42 am 5:52 am ---
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:48 pm 2:54 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:51 am CAT5:12 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:45 am 2:43 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:39 am 11:27 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:58 pm TKT6:18 pm TKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 pm TOT6:18 pm TOT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:53 pm TVT6:10 pm TVT---
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:49 pm WAKT6:10 pm WAKT---
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am GST7:17 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:54 am 7:32 am AFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:48 pm VUT5:35 pm VUT---
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 pm WFT5:31 pm WFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 am GST6:24 am AST---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Totality duration" gives the time between the start and finish of totality 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 eclipse1,240,000,00045.16%
At least 10% partial1,110,000,00040.74%
At least 20% partial964,000,00035.11%
At least 30% partial779,000,00028.40%
At least 40% partial624,000,00022.73%
At least 50% partial455,000,00016.58%
At least 60% partial304,000,00011.09%
At least 70% partial209,000,0007.63%
At least 80% partial134,000,0004.89%
At least 90% partial75,000,0002.73%
Totality or annularity29,300,0001.07%

* 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: June 5, 1955 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: July 5, 1955 — Almost Lunar Eclipse