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August 21/22, 1998 — Annular Solar Eclipse
What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.
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.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Aug 21 at 23:10:18||Aug 21 at 7:10:18 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Aug 22 at 00:15:07||Aug 21 at 8:15:07 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 22 at 02:06:08||Aug 21 at 10:06:08 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Aug 22 at 03:57:26||Aug 21 at 11:57:26 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Aug 22 at 05:01:59||Aug 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.
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
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Eclipses in 1998
- Feb 26, 1998 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Mar 12/13, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 7/8, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21 / Aug 22, 1998 – Annular Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Sep 6, 1998 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2017
- Feb 10/11, 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 26, 2017 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 7/8, 2017 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27/28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse