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March 7, 1970 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: West in Europe, North America, North/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
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 Boston*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Mar 7 at 15:04:17||Mar 7 at 10:04:17 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Mar 7 at 16:03:46||Mar 7 at 11:03:46 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Mar 7 at 17:37:49||Mar 7 at 12:37:49 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Mar 7 at 19:11:37||Mar 7 at 2:11:37 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Mar 7 at 20:11:13||Mar 7 at 3:11:13 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 Boston 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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: February 21, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1970
- Feb 20–21, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Mar 7, 1970 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- May 8–9, 1970 — Mercury Transit
- Aug 16–17, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 31 / Sep 1, 1970 – Annular Solar 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
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