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May 31, 2003 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: Europe, Asia, North/East Africa, North/West North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 64.6 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMay 31 at 01:46:17May 30 at 9:46:17 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMay 31 at 03:44:50May 30 at 11:44:50 pm
Maximum EclipseMay 31 at 04:08:18May 31 at 12:08:18 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endMay 31 at 04:31:27May 31 at 12:31:27 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMay 31 at 06:30:04May 31 at 2:30:04 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 Oct 3, 2005

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Faroe Islands
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:56 am WEST5:51 am WEST
Greenland
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:13 am EGST2:38 am ADT
Iceland
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:03 am GMT5:05 am GMT
Norway
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:41 am CEST7:06 am CEST
United Kingdom
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:51 am BST5:47 am BST
Afghanistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:48 am PKT8:17 am AFT
Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:05 am CEST6:07 am CEST
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:57 am AMST8:57 am AZST
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:55 am CEST6:20 am CEST
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 am IRDT8:58 am AZST
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 am AST6:18 am AST
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 am EEST7:30 am EEST
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am CEST6:29 am CEST
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:00 am CEST6:13 am CEST
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 am EEST6:09 am CEST
Canada
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 pm EDT10:18 pm AKDT
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am AFT3:10 pm YAKST
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:58 am CEST6:15 am CEST
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 am EEST6:48 am EEST
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:43 am CEST6:24 am CEST
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:34 am CEST6:37 am CEST
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:40 am EAT5:47 am EAT
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 am EEST5:45 am EET
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:40 am EAT6:07 am EAT
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 am EEST7:38 am EEST
Ethiopia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:44 am EAT6:00 am EAT
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am EEST8:00 am EEST
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am CEST6:30 am CEST
Georgia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am AZST8:03 am MSD
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:38 am CEST6:33 am CEST
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 am EEST6:03 am CEST
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:07 am BST5:30 am BST
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:34 am CEST6:18 am CEST
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:54 am PKT8:33 am PKT
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am IRDT8:23 am IRDT
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 am ADT7:48 am ADT
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 am IST5:41 am IST
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:51 am BST5:38 am BST
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am EEST6:43 am EEST
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:16 am CEST6:19 am CEST
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:09 am BST5:29 am BST
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am ADT6:41 am IDT
Kazakhstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:58 am TMT11:39 am NOVST
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:58 am CEST6:08 am CEST
Kuwait
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:48 am AST7:30 am ADT
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am TJT11:03 am
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am EEST7:35 am EEST
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:23 am EEST6:45 am EEST
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:15 am EET5:49 am EET
Liechtenstein
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:30 am CEST6:20 am CEST
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:27 am EEST7:32 am EEST
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 am CEST6:26 am CEST
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:47 am CEST5:59 am CEST
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 am EEST7:15 am EEST
Monaco
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:52 am CEST6:15 am CEST
Mongolia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:29 am HOVST1:45 pm ULAST
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:03 am CEST6:09 am CEST
Nepal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am NPT11:00 am CST
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:11 am CEST6:32 am CEST
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 am CEST6:06 am CEST
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:46 am GST7:15 am GST
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:48 am PKT8:41 am PKT
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:32 am EEST6:41 am IDT
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:23 am CEST6:30 am CEST
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 am AST6:18 am AST
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 am EEST7:16 am EEST
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:00 am AZST7:21 pm ANAST
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:31 am CEST6:13 am CEST
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:46 am AST7:38 am ADT
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:47 am EEST6:13 am CEST
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:31 am CEST6:20 am CEST
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:05 am CEST6:16 am CEST
Somalia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:09 am EAT5:42 am EAT
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am CEST6:16 am CEST
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:48 am EAT6:25 am EAT
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
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Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:35 am CEST6:57 am CEST
Switzerland
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:28 am CEST6:21 am CEST
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:57 am EEST6:49 am EEST
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:26 am AFT8:55 am TJT
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:58 am CET5:04 am CET
Turkey
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:56 am EEST7:03 am EEST
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am AFT9:00 am UZT
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:09 am EEST7:23 am EEST
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:46 am GST7:14 am GST
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:09 pm AKDT10:29 pm AKDT
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:56 am TMT10:07 am
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 am CEST6:09 am CEST
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 am GST6:01 am AST
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 am EEST7:40 am EEST

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 eclipse1,290,000,00020.30%
At least 10% partial919,000,00014.38%
At least 20% partial821,000,00012.85%
At least 30% partial726,000,00011.36%
At least 40% partial632,000,0009.90%
At least 50% partial495,000,0007.74%
At least 60% partial392,000,0006.13%
At least 70% partial254,000,0003.97%
At least 80% partial98,300,0001.54%
Totality or annularity553,0000.008%

* 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: May 16, 2003 — Total Lunar Eclipse