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November 23/24, 2003 — 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: South in Asia, Australia, South in South America, 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)

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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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginNov 23 at 20:46:08Nov 23 at 3:46:08 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginNov 23 at 22:19:18Nov 23 at 5:19:18 pm
Maximum EclipseNov 23 at 22:49:18Nov 23 at 5:49:18 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endNov 23 at 23:18:56Nov 23 at 6:18:56 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endNov 24 at 00:52:15Nov 23 at 7:52:15 pm

* 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 Apr 8, 2005.

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: November 8, 2003 – November 9, 2003 — Total Lunar Eclipse