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August 21–22, 1998 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: South/East Asia, Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.

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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 63.3 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time 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 00:14:19Aug 21 at 8:14:19 pm
Maximum EclipseAug 22 at 02:06:08Aug 21 at 10:06:08 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 22 at 03:57:55Aug 21 at 11:57:55 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 22 at 05:01:59Aug 22 at 1:01:59 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 Feb 16, 1999

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse
6:10 am WIB12:55 pm WIT
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:10 am MYT10:24 am MYT
Papua New Guinea
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:57 am PGT2:30 pm PGT
Solomon Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
11:48 am SBT3:49 pm SBT
Annular Solar Eclipse
12:32 pm VUT3:54 pm VUT
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:31 pm SST5:57 pm SST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:42 am 3:03 pm LHST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 am BST7:13 am BST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 am IST6:31 am IST
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am IOT7:22 am IOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:13 am MYT10:14 am MYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am ICT8:46 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:19 am CST9:47 am CST
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am CXT8:54 am CXT
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 am CCT8:09 am CCT
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:42 pm CKT6:52 pm CKT
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:37 am WITA11:04 am WITA
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:03 pm FJT5:00 pm FJT
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:52 pm TAHT6:11 pm TAHT
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:01 am 1:20 pm
Hong Kong
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:27 am HKT9:44 am HKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:58 am MMT6:59 am IST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:39 am JST11:42 am JST
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:33 pm GILT5:43 pm PHOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am ICT8:43 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:27 am CST9:43 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 am MVT6:19 am MVT
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:20 pm 4:16 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:43 am CHUT3:12 pm PONT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 am ICT8:33 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:23 pm NRT4:29 pm NRT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 am NPT6:43 am NPT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:34 pm NCT3:55 pm NCT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:13 pm NZST4:58 pm NZST
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:32 pm NUT6:00 pm NUT
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:29 pm NFT4:18 pm NFT
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:03 am 1:18 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:31 am 12:10 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:15 am 10:45 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:27 pm WST5:57 pm WST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:10 am SGT9:48 am SGT
South Korea
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:17 am KST10:24 am KST
Sri Lanka
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 am 7:18 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:31 am CST10:00 am CST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:10 am ICT8:41 am ICT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:30 pm TKT5:51 pm TKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:21 pm TOT6:01 pm TOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:58 pm TVT4:51 pm TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:47 pm WAKT5:31 pm SST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:11 am ICT8:51 am ICT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:15 pm WFT4:57 pm WFT

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 eclipse2,090,000,00034.93%
At least 10% partial1,270,000,00021.24%
At least 20% partial774,000,00012.93%
At least 30% partial476,000,0007.96%
At least 40% partial361,000,0006.05%
At least 50% partial315,000,0005.27%
At least 60% partial204,000,0003.42%
At least 70% partial105,000,0001.76%
At least 80% partial68,200,0001.14%
At least 90% partial24,400,0000.41%
Totality or annularity5,090,0000.09%

* 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 8, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: September 6, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse