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July 20, 1963 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: Much of Europe, North/East Asia, North America, North in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, 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 34.2 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJul 20 at 18:04:15Jul 20 at 2:04:15 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJul 20 at 19:13:44Jul 20 at 3:13:44 pm
Maximum EclipseJul 20 at 20:35:43Jul 20 at 4:35:43 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endJul 20 at 21:57:38Jul 20 at 5:57:38 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJul 20 at 23:07:12Jul 20 at 7:07:12 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. See the actual times the eclipse is visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on May 30, 1965

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Canada
Total Solar Eclipse
9:56 am 6:47 pm EDT
Japan
Total Solar Eclipse
3:52 am JST5:11 am JST
Russia
Total Solar Eclipse
5:21 am MAGT11:20 pm EET
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
8:08 am HST7:03 pm EDT
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 pm AST6:52 pm AST
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 pm AST6:45 pm AST
Aruba
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:13 pm 6:35 pm
Barbados
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 pm AST6:28 pm AST
Belize
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:31 pm CST4:55 pm CST
Bermuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:01 pm AST6:59 pm AST
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 pm AMT5:42 pm COT
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 pm AST6:58 pm AST
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:59 pm 6:32 pm
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:26 pm EST6:04 pm EST
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 am VLAT5:25 am YAKT
Colombia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:45 pm COT6:04 pm COT
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:03 pm CST4:47 pm CST
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:16 pm CST6:06 pm CST
Curaçao
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm 6:35 pm
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:33 pm AST6:40 pm AST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:25 pm EST6:07 pm EST
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:51 pm CST4:48 pm CST
Faroe Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:20 pm WET9:47 pm WET
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:59 pm EET10:24 pm CET
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 pm GFT6:24 pm
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 pm WGT7:11 pm WGT
Grenada
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 pm AST6:35 pm AST
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 pm AST6:42 pm AST
Guatemala
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:34 pm CST4:53 pm CST
Guyana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm VET6:39 pm
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:25 pm EST6:06 pm EST
Honduras
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:34 pm CST4:59 pm CST
Iceland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 pm 9:54 pm
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 pm IST9:57 pm IST
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 pm BST9:35 pm BST
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm EST6:05 pm EST
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:23 am 6:00 am
Martinique
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 pm AST6:37 pm AST
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:06 pm PDT4:59 pm CST
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 pm AST6:44 pm AST
Nicaragua
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm CST4:58 pm CST
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:59 am KST4:12 am CST
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:57 pm CEST11:38 pm CEST
Panama
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:02 pm EST5:53 pm EST
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:51 pm 8:27 pm
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm AST7:07 pm AST
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 pm AST6:48 pm AST
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:36 pm AST6:35 pm AST
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm AST6:50 pm AST
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:40 pm AST6:37 pm AST
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 pm AST6:35 pm AST
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm AST6:20 pm
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm AST6:49 pm AST
Suriname
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 pm 6:38 pm
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
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Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:03 pm EET10:27 pm CET
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:07 pm EST6:06 pm EST
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:41 pm AST6:32 pm AST
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:21 pm EST6:06 pm EST
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am 6:06 pm
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 pm AST6:58 pm AST
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:20 pm BST10:33 pm BST
Venezuela
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:03 pm VET6:34 pm VET

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 eclipse288,000,0009.04%
At least 10% partial206,000,0006.47%
At least 20% partial168,000,0005.27%
At least 30% partial129,000,0004.05%
At least 40% partial107,000,0003.37%
At least 50% partial91,500,0002.87%
At least 60% partial74,400,0002.33%
At least 70% partial60,400,0001.89%
At least 80% partial34,600,0001.08%
At least 90% partial12,500,0000.39%
Totality or annularity1,040,0000.03%

* 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: July 6–7, 1963 — Partial Lunar Eclipse