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March 18, 1969 Annular 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: South/East Asia, Australia, South in Africa, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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 39.2 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 18 at 02:06:28Mar 17 at 9:06:28 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 18 at 03:08:02Mar 17 at 10:08:02 pm
Maximum EclipseMar 18 at 04:54:24Mar 17 at 11:54:24 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 18 at 06:40:48Mar 18 at 1:40:48 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 18 at 07:42:21Mar 18 at 2:42:21 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Sep 11, 1969

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:24 am WIB4:18 pm WIT
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 pm BST6:34 pm BST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:37 am MAWT11:29 am DAVT
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:52 am AWST5:03 pm PGT
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:08 pm 2:57 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:31 pm IDT2:39 pm IDT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:02 pm CST3:04 pm CST
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:15 am CXT1:13 pm CXT
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am CCT12:15 pm CCT
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:46 am WITA3:54 pm TLT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:30 pm FJT7:29 pm TOT
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:10 am TFT9:39 am TFT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:10 pm 5:38 pm
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:15 pm HKT2:53 pm HKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:06 am IST10:54 am IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:19 pm JST4:40 pm JST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:26 pm GILT6:53 pm GILT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:46 am ICT1:37 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:15 pm CST2:51 pm CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 am EAT6:55 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:22 am 3:06 pm
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:28 pm 6:09 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 am MUT8:05 am MUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:03 am EAT6:14 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:53 pm CHUT5:37 pm CHUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 am CAT5:54 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:10 am MMT12:58 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:54 pm NRT6:33 pm NRT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:15 pm NCT5:37 pm NCT
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:12 pm 4:40 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:28 pm 4:28 pm
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:28 pm WIT5:22 pm PGT
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:14 pm 3:21 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 am RET7:56 am RET
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:34 pm WST6:41 pm WST
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:22 am SGT1:53 pm SGT
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:04 pm SBT6:13 pm SBT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am SAST6:11 am SAST
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:54 pm KST4:01 pm KST
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:11 pm CST3:13 pm CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:41 am 1:29 pm ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 pm TKT6:40 pm TKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:34 pm TOT6:56 pm TOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:30 pm TVT6:26 pm TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:34 pm BST7:03 pm WAKT
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:50 pm HST8:01 pm HST
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:20 pm VUT5:57 pm VUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:22 pm IDT2:46 pm IDT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:33 pm WFT6:03 pm WFT

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 eclipse501,000,00013.86%
At least 10% partial193,000,0005.33%
At least 20% partial138,000,0003.82%
At least 30% partial128,000,0003.55%
At least 40% partial108,000,0002.99%
At least 50% partial94,000,0002.60%
At least 60% partial58,100,0001.60%
At least 70% partial26,600,0000.73%
At least 80% partial12,000,0000.33%
At least 90% partial2,800,0000.08%
Totality or annularity66,0000.001%

* 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: March 4, 1969 — Almost Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: April 2, 1969 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse