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April 18, 1977 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/West Asia, Much of Africa, East in South America, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, 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 47.8 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginApr 18 at 07:32:47Apr 18 at 2:32:47 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginApr 18 at 08:40:33Apr 18 at 3:40:33 am
Maximum EclipseApr 18 at 10:30:46Apr 18 at 5:30:46 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endApr 18 at 12:21:04Apr 18 at 7:21:04 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endApr 18 at 13:28:46Apr 18 at 8:28:46 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 Aug 22, 1979

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Angola
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:53 am WAT2:20 pm CAT
British Indian Ocean Territory
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:48 pm IOT6:12 pm IOT
Congo Democratic Republic
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:13 am WAT2:51 pm CAT
Malawi
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:40 am CAT3:48 pm EAT
Namibia
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:52 am SAST2:11 pm SAST
Seychelles
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm SCT5:23 pm SCT
Tanzania
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:42 am CAT4:05 pm EAT
Zambia
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:10 am WAT2:46 pm CAT
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:49 pm NZST1:16 pm
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:24 pm AST3:35 pm AST
Bangladesh
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:54 pm BST5:58 pm IST
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:57 am WAT11:42 am WAT
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:02 am SAST2:11 pm CAT
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am FNT7:45 am FNT
Burundi
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:46 am CAT3:48 pm EAT
Cameroon
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am WAT1:01 pm WAT
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:41 am WAT1:40 pm WAT
Chad
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:02 am WAT1:19 pm WAT
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 pm CCT5:54 pm CCT
Comoros
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:18 pm EAT4:03 pm EAT
Congo
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:15 am WAT1:10 pm WAT
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:56 am GMT10:10 am GMT
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:03 pm EAT4:08 pm EAT
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:37 pm CAT2:29 pm CAT
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:21 am WAT12:39 pm WAT
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:03 pm CAT4:06 pm EAT
Eswatini
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:29 am SAST2:08 pm SAST
Ethiopia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:27 pm EAT4:17 pm EAT
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:59 am 6:08 pm TFT
Gabon
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:17 am WAT12:54 pm WAT
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:52 am GMT10:33 am GMT
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:38 pm IST6:52 pm IST
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 pm WIB6:45 pm WIB
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:02 pm IRST4:15 pm IRST
Kenya
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:06 pm EAT4:12 pm EAT
Lesotho
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:20 am SAST1:53 pm SAST
Liberia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am GMT9:39 am GMT
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:18 am WAT1:57 pm EET
Madagascar
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:12 pm EAT4:09 pm EAT
Malaysia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:57 pm 6:57 pm
Maldives
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:57 pm MVT6:16 pm MVT
Mauritius
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:04 pm MUT5:18 pm MUT
Mayotte
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:24 pm EAT4:03 pm EAT
Mozambique
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:30 am SAST2:59 pm CAT
Myanmar
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:01 pm MMT6:10 pm BST
Niger
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:35 am WAT12:25 pm WAT
Nigeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:44 am WAT12:39 pm WAT
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:49 pm AST5:10 pm GST
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:37 pm PKT5:51 pm PKT
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:18 pm AST3:41 pm AST
Reunion
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:57 pm RET4:59 pm RET
Rwanda
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:49 am CAT3:49 pm EAT
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:36 am GMT10:32 am GMT
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:26 am GMT11:19 am GMT
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:25 pm AST4:03 pm AST
Somalia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:28 pm EAT4:19 pm EAT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:56 am SAST2:15 pm SAST
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:49 am GST8:07 am GST
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:08 am CAT4:01 pm EAT
Sri Lanka
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:44 pm IST6:21 pm IST
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:16 am CAT3:54 pm EAT
Thailand
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 pm ICT6:37 pm ICT
Togo
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:57 am GMT10:36 am GMT
Uganda
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:54 am CAT4:00 pm EAT
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:12 pm AST4:53 pm GST
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:13 pm AST4:17 pm AST
Zimbabwe
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:16 am CAT2:33 pm CAT

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 eclipse867,000,00020.57%
At least 10% partial451,000,00010.71%
At least 20% partial323,000,0007.68%
At least 30% partial252,000,0005.99%
At least 40% partial195,000,0004.64%
At least 50% partial138,000,0003.28%
At least 60% partial102,000,0002.42%
At least 70% partial57,600,0001.37%
At least 80% partial23,800,0000.57%
Totality or annularity7,230,0000.17%

* 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: April 4, 1977 — Partial Lunar Eclipse