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February 26, 1979 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, 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 49.8 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginFeb 26 at 14:45:13Feb 26 at 9:45:13 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginFeb 26 at 16:07:17Feb 26 at 11:07:17 am
Maximum EclipseFeb 26 at 16:54:16Feb 26 at 11:54:16 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endFeb 26 at 17:40:54Feb 26 at 12:40:54 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endFeb 26 at 19:03:04Feb 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 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 Feb 16, 1980

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
7:15 am PST3:24 pm NST
Total Solar Eclipse
12:24 pm AST3:55 pm WGT
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
6:54 am PST1:41 pm EST
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:05 pm AST1:25 pm AST
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:17 am CST11:25 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:20 pm AST2:30 pm AST
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:53 pm AST1:33 pm AST
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:36 am EST12:40 pm EST
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:45 am COT12:12 pm COT
Costa Rica
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:36 am 10:56 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:26 am CST12:51 pm CST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:09 pm AST1:47 pm AST
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:18 am CST11:09 am CST
Faroe Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:09 pm WET5:43 pm WET
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:36 pm CET6:58 pm CET
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am CST11:21 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:36 pm GMT5:47 pm GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:00 am EST12:47 pm EST
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:19 am CST11:27 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:55 pm GMT6:41 pm GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm GMT6:15 pm GMT
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:25 pm GMT5:48 pm GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:46 am EST12:38 pm EST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 pm GMT5:45 pm GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am PST11:36 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:26 am CST11:18 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 pm CET6:13 pm CET
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:55 am EST11:44 am EST
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:33 pm AZOT5:54 pm AZOT
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:33 pm AST1:37 pm AST
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:35 pm AST2:52 pm AST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:49 pm CET7:21 pm CET
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:39 am EST1:04 pm EST
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:03 am EST12:55 pm EST
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:58 am EST12:39 pm EST
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:52 pm AST1:31 pm AST
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm GMT6:18 pm GMT

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 eclipse316,000,0007.26%
At least 10% partial262,000,0006.02%
At least 20% partial240,000,0005.50%
At least 30% partial223,000,0005.11%
At least 40% partial184,000,0004.23%
At least 50% partial175,000,0004.02%
At least 60% partial140,000,0003.21%
At least 70% partial90,400,0002.07%
At least 80% partial37,200,0000.85%
At least 90% partial16,900,0000.39%
Totality or annularity3,430,0000.08%

* 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 first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: March 13–14, 1979 — Partial Lunar Eclipse