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August 11, 1999 — Total Solar Eclipse

Was this Total 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: Europe, Much of Asia, Much of Africa, North/East North America, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Shadow Path

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3D Eclipse Animation

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The dark areas symbolize night and twilight.

Note: The animation follows the eclipse shadow from west to east, its point of view moving around the planet at a greater speed than Earth's rotation. If you don't take into account this rapid change of perspective, it may look like Earth is spinning in the wrong direction.

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 11 at 08:26:17Aug 11 at 4:26:17 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 11 at 09:29:52Aug 11 at 5:29:52 am
Maximum EclipseAug 11 at 11:03:11Aug 11 at 7:03:11 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 11 at 12:36:24Aug 11 at 8:36:24 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 11 at 13:40:05Aug 11 at 9:40:05 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 Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jun 21, 2001.

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: July 28, 1999 — Partial Lunar Eclipse