Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
February 15, 1961 Total Solar Eclipse
What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: Europe, South/West Asia, Much of Africa.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Seattle*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Feb 15 at 06:08:49||Feb 14 at 10:08:49 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Feb 15 at 07:29:22||Feb 14 at 11:29:22 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 15 at 08:19:13||Feb 15 at 12:19:13 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Feb 15 at 09:08:47||Feb 15 at 1:08:47 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Feb 15 at 10:29:29||Feb 15 at 2:29:29 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 Seattle 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.
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.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: March 2, 1961 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1961
- Feb 15, 1961 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Mar 2, 1961 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 1961 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 25–26, 1961 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse
Protect Your Eyes
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- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector