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February 16, 1999 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 in Asia, Australia, South in Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 63.5 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginFeb 16 at 03:51:58Feb 15 at 10:51:58 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginFeb 16 at 04:56:39Feb 15 at 11:56:39 pm
Maximum EclipseFeb 16 at 06:33:33Feb 16 at 1:33:33 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endFeb 16 at 08:10:34Feb 16 at 3:10:34 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endFeb 16 at 09:15:09Feb 16 at 4:15:09 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. Please note that the local times for Washington DC are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Dec 14, 2001.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndAnnularity Duration
Annular Solar Eclipse
1:53 pm AWST6:41 pm ACST41m
South Africa
Annular Solar Eclipse
5:52 am SAST8:20 am SAST0m
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:20 am CAT7:21 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:39 am 5:24 pm DDUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 am CAT7:40 am SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:32 pm BNT4:53 pm BNT---
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:29 pm CXT3:51 pm CXT---
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:40 pm CCT3:02 pm CCT---
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:17 am CAT7:02 am CAT---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:56 pm WITA5:12 pm WITA---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 am SAST7:46 am SAST---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am TFT12:31 pm TFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 pm 6:26 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:42 pm WIB6:14 pm WIT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:52 am SAST7:49 am SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am EAT9:00 am EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:09 am CAT7:20 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:18 pm MYT4:59 pm MYT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:25 am MUT10:27 am MUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 pm PONT6:55 pm CHUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 am CAT7:46 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am CAT7:42 am CAT---
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:02 pm NCT6:39 pm NCT---
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:37 pm NZDT9:03 pm NZDT---
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 pm NFT7:02 pm NFT---
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 pm 6:23 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:29 pm 6:11 pm ---
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 pm PGT6:00 pm WIT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:34 pm 5:05 pm ---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:20 am RET10:08 am RET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:25 pm SGT4:31 pm SGT---
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:10 pm SBT7:00 pm SBT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 pm VUT6:22 pm VUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 am CAT7:21 am CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:56 am SAST7:35 am SAST---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Annularity duration" gives the time between the start and finish of annularity within the entire country (not at one location).

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse316,000,0005.22%
At least 10% partial223,000,0003.68%
At least 20% partial187,000,0003.09%
At least 30% partial106,000,0001.76%
At least 40% partial46,400,0000.77%
At least 50% partial21,400,0000.35%
At least 60% partial10,800,0000.18%
At least 70% partial3,270,0000.05%
At least 80% partial2,130,0000.04%
At least 90% partial371,0002.00000000%
Totality or annularity72102.00000000%

* 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: January 31, 1999 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse