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August 21/22, 1998 — Annular Solar Eclipse

Was this Annular Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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/East Asia, Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginAug 21 at 23:10:18Aug 21 at 7:10:18 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 22 at 00:15:07Aug 21 at 8:15:07 pm
Maximum EclipseAug 22 at 02:06:08Aug 21 at 10:06:08 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 22 at 03:57:26Aug 21 at 11:57:26 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 22 at 05:01:59Aug 22 at 1:01:59 am

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 16, 1999.

Eclipses Come in Pairs!

A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a solar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a lunar eclipse!

Preceding paired eclipse: August 8, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Following paired eclipse: September 6, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse