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September 23, 1987 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: East in Europe, Asia, North/East Australia, Pacific, Arctic.

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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 55.7 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginSep 23 at 00:14:57Sep 22 at 8:14:57 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginSep 23 at 01:19:26Sep 22 at 9:19:26 pm
Maximum EclipseSep 23 at 03:11:27Sep 22 at 11:11:27 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endSep 23 at 05:03:33Sep 23 at 1:03:33 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endSep 23 at 06:07:58Sep 23 at 2:07:58 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 Sep 11, 1988

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndAnnularity Duration
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:14 am CST11:49 am CST49m, 50s
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:39 pm FJT7:07 pm TOT2m, 2s
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:45 am JST1:39 pm JST5m, 10s
Annular Solar Eclipse
8:16 am CST9:41 am 5m, 42s
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:17 am ULAST1:13 pm CHOST5m, 5s
Papua New Guinea
Annular Solar Eclipse
12:19 pm PGT3:56 pm PGT3m, 56s
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:50 pm WST6:27 pm WST2m, 41s
Solomon Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:55 pm SBT5:04 pm SBT2m, 46s
Wallis and Futuna
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:46 pm WFT5:48 pm WFT2m, 39s
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:18 am AFT6:57 am AFT---
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:49 pm SST6:20 pm SST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:41 pm PGT3:57 pm AEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 am BST8:42 am BST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:22 am CST8:12 am IST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:37 am BNT12:00 noon MYT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am ICT10:23 am ICT---
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:52 pm CKT6:59 pm CKT---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:33 am WITA12:59 pm WITA---
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:58 pm TAHT6:12 pm TAHT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:43 am 3:02 pm ---
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 am CST11:40 am HKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:51 am IST8:23 am IST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:38 am 2:36 pm WIT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:36 am PKT5:51 am IRST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:11 pm GILT5:55 pm GILT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:26 am CST9:34 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am ICT10:23 am ICT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 am CST11:38 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 am MYT12:17 pm MYT---
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:44 pm 5:40 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:40 am CHUT4:40 pm PONT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:23 am CST11:02 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:05 pm NRT5:50 pm NRT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am NPT10:35 am CST---
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:34 pm NCT5:06 pm NCT---
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:05 pm NZST5:54 pm NZST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 pm NUT6:15 pm NUT---
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:27 pm NFT5:30 pm NFT---
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:37 am KST12:38 pm KST---
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:31 am 3:00 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:50 am GST6:08 am GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:36 am PKT7:28 am PKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:39 am 2:01 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:51 am 12:40 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:19 am OMSST3:38 pm MAGST---
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:37 am 1:47 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 am CST11:59 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:47 am CST10:28 am CST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:39 am ICT10:16 am ICT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 pm TKT6:25 pm TKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:49 pm TOT6:40 pm TOT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:21 am 8:24 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:29 pm TVT6:02 pm TVT---
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:39 pm WAKT6:42 pm SST---
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am GST6:08 am GST---
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:24 pm HST6:46 pm HST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am 9:28 am ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:25 pm VUT5:07 pm VUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am ICT10:31 am ICT---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Annularity duration" gives the time between the start and finish of annularity 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 eclipse2,120,000,00042.13%
At least 10% partial1,940,000,00038.50%
At least 20% partial1,740,000,00034.64%
At least 30% partial1,430,000,00028.47%
At least 40% partial1,150,000,00022.97%
At least 50% partial933,000,00018.51%
At least 60% partial741,000,00014.72%
At least 70% partial538,000,00010.69%
At least 80% partial372,000,0007.38%
At least 90% partial155,000,0003.08%
Totality or annularity81,500,0001.62%

* 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: September 7, 1987 — Almost Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: October 7, 1987 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse