Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
February 26, 1979 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, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
Eclipse Shadow Path
3D Eclipse Animation
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||Feb 26 at 14:45:15||Feb 26 at 9:45:15 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Feb 26 at 16:07:16||Feb 26 at 11:07:16 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 26 at 16:54:17||Feb 26 at 11:54:17 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Feb 26 at 17:40:56||Feb 26 at 12:40:56 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Feb 26 at 19:03:04||Feb 26 at 2:03:04 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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: March 13–14, 1979 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1979
- Feb 26, 1979 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Mar 13–14, 1979 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 22, 1979 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 6, 1979 — Total Lunar 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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