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September 20–21, 1960 Partial 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: North in Asia, North/West North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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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 33.3 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginSep 20 at 21:09:01Sep 20 at 5:09:01 pm
Maximum EclipseSep 20 at 22:59:30Sep 20 at 6:59:30 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endSep 21 at 00:50:00Sep 20 at 8:50:00 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. 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Jan 14, 1964.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

Partial Solar Eclipse
11:39 am 7:37 pm CDT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:40 pm WGT7:17 pm AST
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:26 pm PDT6:49 pm CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:09 am YAKT12:19 pm ANAT
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:25 am NST5:50 pm MST

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 eclipse93,800,0003.11%
At least 10% partial53,300,0001.77%
At least 20% partial26,100,0000.87%
At least 30% partial3,920,0000.13%
At least 40% partial51,5000.001%
At least 50% partial28700.00009%

* 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 5, 1960 — Total Lunar Eclipse