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October 2, 1959 Total Solar Eclipse

This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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: Europe, Much of Asia, Africa, Much of North America, North in South America, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

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This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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 33.0 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginOct 2 at 09:49:12Oct 2 at 5:49:12 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginOct 2 at 10:49:54Oct 2 at 6:49:54 am
Maximum EclipseOct 2 at 12:26:29Oct 2 at 8:26:29 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endOct 2 at 14:03:12Oct 2 at 10:03:12 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endOct 2 at 15:03:46Oct 2 at 11:03:46 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. See the actual times the eclipse is visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 15, 1961

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Cameroon
Total Solar Eclipse
12:42 pm WAT3:49 pm WAT5m, 45s
Central African Republic
Total Solar Eclipse
12:54 pm WAT3:57 pm WAT6m, 51s
Chad
Total Solar Eclipse
12:33 pm WAT3:48 pm WAT18m, 34s
Ethiopia
Total Solar Eclipse
2:32 pm CAT6:02 pm EAT11m, 49s
Mali
Total Solar Eclipse
9:36 am WAT2:16 pm GMT39m, 10s
Mauritania
Total Solar Eclipse
9:21 am WAT12:56 pm WAT18m, 35s
Morocco
Total Solar Eclipse
9:20 am WAT1:36 pm WET7m, 40s
Niger
Total Solar Eclipse
11:03 am GMT3:34 pm WAT28m, 49s
Nigeria
Total Solar Eclipse
11:15 am GMT3:40 pm WAT12m, 20s
Somalia
Total Solar Eclipse
3:45 pm EAT6:03 pm EAT2m, 2s
South Sudan
Total Solar Eclipse
2:13 pm CAT6:01 pm EAT15m, 12s
Spain
Total Solar Eclipse
10:14 am WET1:27 pm WET7m, 4s
Sudan
Total Solar Eclipse
1:00 pm WAT4:56 pm CAT4m, 11s
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
6:26 am EDT7:55 am EDT1m, 2s
Western Sahara
Total Solar Eclipse
9:21 am WAT12:33 pm WAT6m, 11s
Afghanistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:16 pm IRST5:11 pm IRST---
Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:39 pm CET2:43 pm CET---
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:30 am WET4:15 pm EET---
Andorra
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:55 am CET2:17 pm CET---
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:16 pm WAT4:53 pm CAT---
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 am AST7:28 am AST---
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am AST7:28 am AST---
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:28 pm 6:00 pm ---
Aruba
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:58 am 6:34 am ---
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:17 pm CET2:20 pm CET---
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:30 pm 5:32 pm IRST---
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:43 pm GST6:24 pm GST---
Barbados
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am AST7:18 am AST---
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:50 pm CEST4:15 pm MSK---
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:05 pm CET2:05 pm CET---
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:12 am GMT3:24 pm WAT---
Bermuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 am AST7:46 am AST---
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:31 pm CET2:34 pm CET---
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:15 pm SAST4:40 pm CAT---
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:23 am BRT9:05 am BRT---
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am AST7:27 am AST---
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:46 pm CET3:43 pm EET---
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:56 am WAT3:18 pm WAT---
Burundi
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:42 pm CAT5:01 pm CAT---
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:17 am CVT11:04 am CVT---
Canada
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 am AST7:08 am EST---
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 am 6:56 am ---
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:10 am EST6:21 am EST---
Colombia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:33 am COT6:02 am COT---
Comoros
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:15 pm EAT5:58 pm EAT---
Congo
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:00 pm WAT3:51 pm WAT---
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:08 pm WAT5:00 pm CAT---
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:56 am WAT2:12 pm GMT---
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:25 pm CET2:34 pm CET---
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:47 am CST6:27 am CST---
Curaçao
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:54 am 6:33 am ---
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:10 pm EET3:07 pm BST---
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:25 pm CET2:15 pm CET---
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:21 pm CET1:57 pm CET---
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm EAT5:56 pm EAT---
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 am AST7:23 am AST---
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:23 am EST6:25 am EST---
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:54 pm EET4:38 pm CAT---
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:46 am GMT3:42 pm WAT---
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:30 pm CAT5:55 pm EAT---
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:50 pm MSK3:54 pm MSK---
Faroe Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:02 am WET12:32 pm WET---
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:50 pm EET2:46 pm EET---
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:47 am CET2:28 pm CET---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:18 pm TFT7:50 pm TFT---
Gabon
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:55 pm WAT3:47 pm WAT---
Gambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:35 am WAT12:34 pm WAT---
Georgia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:22 pm MSK5:54 pm ---
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:11 pm CET2:16 pm CET---
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:04 am GMT2:21 pm GMT---
Gibraltar
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am CET2:21 pm CET---
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:39 pm EET4:01 pm EET---
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am WGT10:16 am ---
Grenada
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 am AST7:13 am AST---
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:06 am AST7:26 am AST---
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:52 am BST1:57 pm BST---
Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:41 am WAT1:56 pm GMT---
Guinea-Bissau
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:37 am GMT12:36 pm WAT---
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 am EST6:24 am EST---
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:32 pm CET2:25 pm CET---
Iceland
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:47 am 12:24 pm ---
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:51 pm 6:12 pm ---
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:29 pm EET5:54 pm IRST---
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:23 pm AST5:26 pm AST---
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:42 am IST1:48 pm IST---
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:54 am BST1:46 pm BST---
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:16 pm EET4:21 pm EET---
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:09 pm CET2:47 pm CET---
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 am EST6:19 am EST---
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:53 am BST1:58 pm BST---
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:18 pm IST5:22 pm AST---
Kazakhstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:31 pm 6:56 pm ---
Kenya
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:39 pm CAT6:03 pm EAT---
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:41 pm CET2:37 pm CET---
Kuwait
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:37 pm AST5:28 pm AST---
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:46 pm ALMT7:03 pm ---
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:48 pm MSK3:59 pm MSK---
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:17 pm IST4:12 pm EET---
Liberia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:56 am GMT1:58 pm GMT---
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:13 pm CET3:36 pm WAT---
Liechtenstein
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:17 pm CET2:14 pm CET---
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:47 pm MSK4:04 pm MSK---
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:10 pm CET2:05 pm CET---
Madagascar
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:20 pm EAT5:52 pm EAT---
Malawi
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:45 pm 5:44 pm ---
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:25 pm CET2:48 pm CET---
Martinique
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am AST7:21 am AST---
Mauritius
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm MUT6:09 pm MUT---
Mayotte
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:18 pm EAT5:55 pm EAT---
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:57 pm MSK4:32 pm MSK---
Monaco
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:10 pm CET2:20 pm CET---
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:37 pm CET2:36 pm CET---
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am AST7:25 am AST---
Mozambique
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:07 pm CAT5:44 pm ---
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:03 pm WAT4:40 pm CAT---
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:07 pm CET2:02 pm CET---
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:42 pm CET2:41 pm CET---
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:16 pm CET1:46 pm CET---
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:47 pm GST6:20 pm GST---
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:18 pm AFT6:11 pm AFT---
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:16 pm EET4:16 pm IST---
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:31 pm CET3:18 pm CEST---
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:01 am 2:15 pm WEST---
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am AST7:26 am AST---
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:43 pm GST6:23 pm GST---
Reunion
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:43 pm RET6:17 pm RET---
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:42 pm CET3:37 pm EET---
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:44 pm CEST5:54 pm ---
Rwanda
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:40 pm CAT5:01 pm CAT---
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:14 pm GMT1:02 pm GMT---
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am AST7:26 am AST---
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am AST7:19 am AST---
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am AST7:27 am AST---
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 am AST8:02 am AST---
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am AST7:16 am AST---
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:22 pm CET2:25 pm CET---
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:49 am GMT2:36 pm GMT---
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:18 pm AST5:49 pm AST---
Senegal
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:29 am WAT1:43 pm GMT---
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:39 pm CET3:37 pm EET---
Seychelles
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:11 pm SCT6:50 pm SCT---
Sierra Leone
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:49 am WAT1:48 pm GMT---
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am AST6:57 am ---
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:35 pm CET2:19 pm CET---
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:26 pm CET2:23 pm CET---
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:38 pm SAST4:28 pm SAST---
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am AST7:27 am AST---
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
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Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:30 pm CET1:56 pm CET---
Switzerland
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:08 pm CET2:17 pm CET---
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:17 pm EET4:15 pm EET---
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:46 pm 6:11 pm ---
Tanzania
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:41 pm EAT5:48 pm ---
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 am EST6:33 am EST---
Togo
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:09 am GMT2:22 pm GMT---
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:25 am AST7:08 am AST---
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:07 pm CET3:56 pm EET---
Turkey
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:54 pm EET5:05 pm AST---
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 pm 7:06 pm ---
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am EST6:28 am EST---
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:50 am 6:19 am ---
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 am AST7:26 am AST---
Uganda
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:35 pm EAT6:02 pm EAT---
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:47 pm CET4:38 pm MSK---
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:45 pm GST6:20 pm GST---
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:46 am BST1:57 pm BST---
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:40 pm 6:55 pm ---
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:21 pm CET2:30 pm CET---
Venezuela
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 am VET6:51 am VET---
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:40 pm AST5:55 pm AST---
Zambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:52 pm CAT4:59 pm CAT---
Zimbabwe
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:12 pm CAT4:49 pm CAT---
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:47 pm EET2:46 pm EET---

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 eclipse801,000,00026.99%
At least 10% partial637,000,00021.46%
At least 20% partial461,000,00015.55%
At least 30% partial349,000,00011.78%
At least 40% partial296,000,0009.98%
At least 50% partial242,000,0008.15%
At least 60% partial204,000,0006.90%
At least 70% partial151,000,0005.09%
At least 80% partial92,200,0003.11%
At least 90% partial57,200,0001.93%
Totality or annularity7,380,0000.25%

* 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: September 16–17, 1959 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse