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March 17–18, 1988 Total 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: Much of Asia, North/West Australia, North/West North America, Pacific, Indian Ocean, 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 55.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 17 at 23:24:03Mar 17 at 6:24:03 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 18 at 00:22:38Mar 17 at 7:22:38 pm
Maximum EclipseMar 18 at 01:58:01Mar 17 at 8:58:01 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 18 at 03:33:08Mar 17 at 10:33:08 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 18 at 04:31:50Mar 17 at 11:31:50 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jul 22, 1990

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
6:26 am WIB11:28 am WIT
Total Solar Eclipse
7:44 am 10:44 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 am AFT6:09 am AFT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:31 am AWST12:03 pm AEST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:07 am BST7:49 am BST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:52 am IST7:50 am BTT
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am IOT6:18 am IOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 am MYT10:05 am BNT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am ICT9:04 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:25 pm AKST6:32 pm AKST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:05 am CST11:34 am CST
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 am CXT8:29 am CXT
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:06 am CCT7:50 am CCT
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am WITA9:56 am WITA
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:30 am 1:14 pm
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 am HKT10:28 am HKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 am IST9:58 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:27 am JST12:53 pm JST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:12 am ALMT7:42 am ALMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:04 am CST9:41 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:54 am ICT9:06 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 am CST10:26 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:33 am MYT10:13 am MYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am MVT6:27 am MVT
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:30 pm 3:29 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:12 am CHUT1:07 pm CHUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am ULAT12:02 pm CHOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:15 am MMT8:30 am MMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:51 am IST9:46 am CST
North Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:01 am KST1:24 pm VLAT
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:33 am 1:29 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:57 am PKT6:40 am PKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:53 am 11:46 am
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:02 am PGT12:32 pm PGT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:15 am VLAT4:14 pm PETT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:33 am SGT9:43 am SGT
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:00 noon SBT12:56 pm SBT
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:51 am KST12:24 pm JST
Sri Lanka
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 am IST7:00 am IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:20 am CST10:49 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:08 am CST9:39 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 am ICT9:02 am ICT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:36 pm WAKT5:12 pm SST
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:06 pm HST7:27 pm AKST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:16 am 6:38 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am ICT9:13 am ICT

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 eclipse2,260,000,00044.22%
At least 10% partial2,080,000,00040.60%
At least 20% partial1,530,000,00029.92%
At least 30% partial903,000,00017.60%
At least 40% partial531,000,00010.36%
At least 50% partial354,000,0006.91%
At least 60% partial289,000,0005.65%
At least 70% partial198,000,0003.86%
At least 80% partial133,000,0002.60%
At least 90% partial44,100,0000.86%
Totality or annularity8,570,0000.17%

* 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: March 3, 1988 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse