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August 31, 1989 Partial 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 in Africa, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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 56.6 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginAug 31 at 03:33:37Aug 30 at 11:33:37 pm
Maximum EclipseAug 31 at 05:30:51Aug 31 at 1:30:51 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 31 at 07:27:39Aug 31 at 3:27:39 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Dec 23 – Dec 24, 1992

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:34 am CAT6:43 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:44 am 3:27 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am SAST7:14 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:45 am EAT7:29 am EAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am CAT6:26 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:05 am SAST7:22 am SAST
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:33 am TFT11:53 am TFT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:18 am SAST7:29 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 am EAT8:28 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 am CAT6:49 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:42 am MUT9:17 am MUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am EAT7:34 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am CAT7:21 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 am SAST7:19 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 am RET9:20 am RET
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:00 am SAST8:18 am SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:50 am EAT7:19 am EAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:50 am CAT6:47 am CAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:55 am CAT7:06 am SAST

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 eclipse79,700,0001.53%
At least 10% partial42,000,0000.80%
At least 20% partial15,300,0000.29%
At least 30% partial999,0000.02%
At least 40% partial--
At least 50% partial--

* 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: August 17, 1989 — Total Lunar Eclipse