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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)






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 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

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Total Solar Eclipse
9:56 am 6:47 pm EDT1h, 35m, 49s
Total Solar Eclipse
3:52 am JST5:11 am JST53s
Total Solar Eclipse
5:21 am MAGT12:20 am MSK2m, 36s
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
8:08 am HST7:03 pm EDT2h, 27s
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 pm AST6:52 pm AST---
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 pm AST6:45 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:13 pm 6:35 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 pm AST6:28 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:31 pm CST4:55 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:01 pm AST6:59 pm AST---
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---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 am VLAT5:25 am YAKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:45 pm COT6:04 pm COT---
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:03 pm CST4:47 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:16 pm CST6:06 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm 6:35 pm ---
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---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:59 pm EET10:24 pm CET---
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 pm GFT6:24 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 pm WGT7:11 pm WGT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 pm AST6:35 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 pm AST6:42 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:34 pm CST4:53 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm VET6:39 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:25 pm EST6:06 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:34 pm CST4:59 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 pm 9:54 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 pm IST9:57 pm IST---
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 pm BST9:35 pm BST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm EST6:05 pm EST---
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:23 am 6:00 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 pm AST6:37 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:06 pm PDT4:59 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 pm AST6:44 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm CST4:58 pm CST---
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:59 am KST5:12 am KST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:57 pm CEST11:38 pm CEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:02 pm EST5:53 pm EST---
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---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 pm 6:38 pm ---
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:03 pm EET11:27 pm CEST---
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---
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.) "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 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