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April 8, 2005 Total Solar Eclipse

This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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/East North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.

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This eclipse was visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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 64.8 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginApr 8 at 17:51:19Apr 8 at 1:51:19 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginApr 8 at 18:53:26Apr 8 at 2:53:26 pm
Maximum EclipseApr 8 at 20:35:52Apr 8 at 4:35:52 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endApr 8 at 22:18:22Apr 8 at 6:18:22 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endApr 8 at 23:20:26Apr 8 at 7:20:26 pm

* 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. See the actual times the eclipse is visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Mar 29, 2006

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Colombia
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:49 pm COT6:20 pm COT
Costa Rica
Annular Solar Eclipse
2:41 pm CST5:18 pm CST
Panama
Annular Solar Eclipse
3:51 pm EST6:19 pm EST
Venezuela
Annular Solar Eclipse
4:05 pm COT6:03 pm COT
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:33 am SST8:42 am SST
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:22 pm AST6:29 pm AST
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:50 am NZST8:05 am NZST
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm AST6:23 pm AST
Argentina
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:57 pm ART6:20 pm BOT
Aruba
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST6:52 pm AST
Barbados
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:10 pm AST
Belize
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:53 pm CST5:18 pm CST
Bermuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 pm ADT7:44 pm ADT
Bolivia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:55 pm PET5:37 pm PET
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:53 pm ACT5:57 pm ACT
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm AST6:34 pm AST
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:13 pm AST6:45 pm AST
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:08 pm EST6:19 pm EST
Chile
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:02 pm EAST6:35 pm CLT
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:09 am CKT10:19 am CKT
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:08 pm CDT7:19 pm CDT
Curaçao
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 pm AST6:48 pm AST
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 pm AST6:19 pm AST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:15 pm AST7:03 pm EDT
Ecuador
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:24 pm GALT6:12 pm ECT
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:48 pm CST5:18 pm CST
Fiji
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am FJT7:34 am FJT
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 pm GFT6:44 pm GFT
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:05 am TAHT11:51 am MART
Grenada
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm AST6:18 pm AST
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 pm AST6:21 pm AST
Guatemala
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:46 pm CDT5:18 pm CST
Guyana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:11 pm GYT6:13 pm VET
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm EDT7:13 pm EDT
Honduras
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:50 pm CST5:19 pm CST
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:10 pm EST6:20 pm EST
Kiribati
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:36 am LINT10:34 am LINT
Martinique
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:18 pm AST
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:26 pm PDT6:18 pm CDT
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm AST6:23 pm AST
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:45 am NCT6:27 am NCT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:06 am NZST8:44 am CHAST
Nicaragua
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:50 pm CST5:19 pm CST
Niue
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am NUT8:48 am NUT
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 am NFT7:07 am NFT
Paraguay
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:02 pm BOT6:02 pm BOT
Peru
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:41 pm PET6:08 pm ECT
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:21 am PST1:27 pm PST
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:46 pm AST
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:21 pm AST6:26 pm AST
Saint Lucia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm AST6:16 pm AST
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:22 pm AST6:27 pm AST
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm AST6:17 pm AST
Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:39 am WST8:30 am WST
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:22 pm AST6:27 pm AST
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:22 pm AST6:26 pm AST
Suriname
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 pm SRT5:58 pm GYT
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm EDT7:17 pm EDT
Tonga
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:11 am TOT8:42 am TOT
Trinidad and Tobago
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:15 pm AST6:18 pm AST
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 pm EDT7:07 pm EDT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:13 pm CDT7:15 pm EDT
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:20 pm AST6:35 pm AST
United States
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:04 pm CDT7:15 pm EDT
Uruguay
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 pm UYT6:37 pm ART
Vanuatu
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 am VUT6:20 am VUT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:48 am WFT7:09 am WFT

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 eclipse480,000,0007.32%
At least 10% partial319,000,0004.87%
At least 20% partial279,000,0004.26%
At least 30% partial247,000,0003.77%
At least 40% partial220,000,0003.37%
At least 50% partial167,000,0002.55%
At least 60% partial126,000,0001.93%
At least 70% partial94,200,0001.44%
At least 80% partial66,600,0001.02%
At least 90% partial40,100,0000.61%
Totality or annularity1,040,0000.02%

* 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 first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: April 24, 2005 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse