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March 7, 1970 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: West in Europe, North America, North/West 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 40.1 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 7 at 15:04:17Mar 7 at 10:04:17 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 7 at 16:03:48Mar 7 at 11:03:48 am
Maximum EclipseMar 7 at 17:37:50Mar 7 at 12:37:50 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 7 at 19:11:36Mar 7 at 2:11:36 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 7 at 20:11:16Mar 7 at 3:11:16 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 Jul 10, 1972

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Total Solar Eclipse
9:04 am PST4:37 pm NST13m, 3s
Total Solar Eclipse
7:51 am PST1:20 pm CST13m, 59s
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Total Solar Eclipse
1:51 pm AST4:06 pm AST1m, 27s
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
8:25 am PST3:00 pm EST34m, 9s
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm AST3:30 pm AST---
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:36 pm AST3:27 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:08 pm AST3:11 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:52 pm AST3:09 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:19 am CST1:13 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm AST3:56 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:16 pm COT1:22 pm COT---
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:28 pm AST3:30 pm AST---
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:14 pm AST3:27 pm AST---
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:42 am EST2:25 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am EASST10:43 am EASST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:23 am COT2:11 pm COT---
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:00 am CKT6:25 am CKT---
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:08 am CST1:01 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:38 am CST2:32 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:11 pm AST3:11 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:40 pm AST3:20 pm AST---
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:05 pm EST2:32 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am 1:33 pm ECT---
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:14 am CST1:04 pm CST---
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:06 am TAHT7:34 am MART---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:53 pm AST5:01 pm WGT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:44 pm AST3:07 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:39 pm AST3:23 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:11 am CST1:11 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:09 pm VET2:35 pm VET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:58 am EST2:31 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:16 am CST1:16 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 pm GMT7:11 pm GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:14 pm IST7:29 pm IST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:47 am EST2:25 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:30 am LINT6:26 am LINT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:42 pm AST3:17 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:37 pm AST3:24 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:52 pm WET6:03 pm WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:17 am CST1:12 pm CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:22 am CST2:00 pm EST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:22 am PET1:24 pm ECT---
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:42 am 8:16 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 pm AZOT7:03 pm AZOT---
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:17 pm AST3:29 pm AST---
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:34 pm AST3:26 pm AST---
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:44 pm AST3:13 pm AST---
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:33 pm AST3:29 pm AST---
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:44 pm AST3:10 pm AST---
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:33 pm AST3:28 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:25 pm CET7:16 pm WET---
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:34 pm AST3:28 pm AST---
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:52 am EST2:40 pm EST---
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:47 pm AST2:59 pm AST---
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:07 pm EST2:36 pm EST---
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 am 2:26 pm ---
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:27 pm AST3:29 pm AST---
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:11 pm BST7:36 pm BST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:55 am COT3:21 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 eclipse280,000,0007.59%
At least 10% partial261,000,0007.08%
At least 20% partial224,000,0006.09%
At least 30% partial201,000,0005.44%
At least 40% partial190,000,0005.14%
At least 50% partial178,000,0004.82%
At least 60% partial164,000,0004.45%
At least 70% partial141,000,0003.82%
At least 80% partial101,000,0002.75%
At least 90% partial56,100,0001.52%
Totality or annularity4,520,0000.12%

* 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: February 21, 1970 — Partial Lunar Eclipse