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August 31–September 1, 1970 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: Much of Australia, Pacific, Antarctica.

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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 40.6 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginAug 31 at 18:59:58Aug 31 at 2:59:58 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 31 at 20:11:42Aug 31 at 4:11:42 pm
Maximum EclipseAug 31 at 21:54:50Aug 31 at 5:54:50 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 31 at 23:37:39Aug 31 at 7:37:39 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endSep 1 at 00:49:27Aug 31 at 8:49:27 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Jan 16, 1972

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
American Samoa
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:36 am BST12:22 pm BST
Papua New Guinea
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:37 am PGT7:47 am PGT
Samoa
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:39 am WST12:14 pm WST
Tuvalu
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:13 am TVT10:41 am TVT
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:29 am DDUT12:17 pm NZST
Australia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:52 am AEST8:52 am
Chile
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:51 pm EAST5:21 pm EAST
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:14 am CKT1:27 pm CKT
Fiji
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:25 am FJT11:08 am FJT
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:19 am TAHT2:22 pm TAHT
Guam
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am 8:02 am
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am WIT6:31 am WIT
Japan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:25 am JST5:41 am JST
Kiribati
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am GILT12:57 pm LINT
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am 9:47 am
Micronesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:01 am 9:34 am
Nauru
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 am NRT9:22 am NRT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:32 am NCT9:41 am NCT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:12 am NZST12:26 pm CHAST
Niue
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:25 am NUT11:59 am NUT
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:29 am NFT10:11 am NFT
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 am 7:01 am
Palau
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:54 am 6:12 am
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:17 pm 3:51 pm
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am SBT9:18 am SBT
Tokelau
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:29 am TKT12:03 pm TKT
Tonga
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:40 am TOT12:20 pm TOT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am WAKT11:53 am
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:43 am HST11:10 am HST
Vanuatu
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:20 am VUT9:34 am VUT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:34 am WFT11:00 am 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 eclipse15,400,0000.42%
At least 10% partial14,400,0000.39%
At least 20% partial13,700,0000.37%
At least 30% partial7,280,0000.20%
At least 40% partial4,410,0000.12%
At least 50% partial3,950,0000.11%
At least 60% partial3,350,0000.09%
At least 70% partial2,610,0000.07%
At least 80% partial1,430,0000.04%
Totality or annularity356,0000.009%

* 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: August 17, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse