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March 29, 2006 Total 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, Africa, North/East South America, Atlantic, Arctic.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

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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 64.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 29 at 07:36:48Mar 29 at 2:36:48 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 29 at 08:34:24Mar 29 at 3:34:24 am
Maximum EclipseMar 29 at 10:11:18Mar 29 at 5:11:18 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 29 at 11:47:56Mar 29 at 6:47:56 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 29 at 12:45:39Mar 29 at 7:45:39 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 Total Solar Eclipse will be on Aug 1, 2008

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Benin
Total Solar Eclipse
8:03 am GMT11:48 am WAT
Brazil
Total Solar Eclipse
4:58 am BRT6:44 am BRT
Chad
Total Solar Eclipse
9:21 am WAT12:37 pm WAT
Cote d'Ivoire
Total Solar Eclipse
7:54 am GMT10:32 am GMT
Egypt
Total Solar Eclipse
11:02 am EET2:11 pm EET
Georgia
Total Solar Eclipse
1:59 pm MSD5:31 pm AZST
Ghana
Total Solar Eclipse
7:58 am GMT10:40 am GMT
Kazakhstan
Total Solar Eclipse
2:11 pm MSD6:45 pm ALMT
Libya
Total Solar Eclipse
10:46 am EET2:00 pm EET
Mongolia
Total Solar Eclipse
5:48 pm 8:34 pm HOVST
Niger
Total Solar Eclipse
9:13 am WAT12:30 pm WAT
Nigeria
Total Solar Eclipse
9:04 am WAT12:09 pm WAT
Russia
Total Solar Eclipse
1:57 pm MSD6:43 pm ALMT
Togo
Total Solar Eclipse
8:02 am GMT10:41 am GMT
Turkey
Total Solar Eclipse
12:32 pm EEST3:59 pm IRST
Afghanistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:59 pm IRST5:12 pm AFT
Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:29 am CEST2:00 pm CEST
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:28 am CET12:34 pm CET
Andorra
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:23 am CEST1:23 pm CEST
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:03 am WAT11:21 am WAT
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:01 pm AMST5:30 pm AMST
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am CEST1:55 pm CEST
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm IRST5:34 pm AZST
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:09 pm AST3:16 pm AST
Bangladesh
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:18 pm BST6:22 pm BST
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:54 pm EEST4:15 pm MSD
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:41 am CEST1:35 pm CEST
Bhutan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:15 pm CST5:50 pm IST
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:33 am CEST1:59 pm CEST
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:52 am CAT11:09 am CAT
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:35 pm EEST3:12 pm EEST
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am GMT10:47 am GMT
Burundi
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am CAT12:27 pm CAT
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:09 am CVT9:06 am CVT
Cameroon
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:06 am WAT12:09 pm WAT
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:16 am WAT12:15 pm WAT
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:45 pm CST8:45 pm CST
Congo
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am WAT11:49 am WAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:03 am WAT12:00 noon WAT
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 am CEST1:58 pm CEST
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:36 pm EEST3:16 pm EEST
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:43 am CEST1:57 pm CEST
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:53 am CEST1:50 pm CEST
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:43 pm EAT2:28 pm EAT
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:57 am WAT11:39 am WAT
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:22 pm EAT2:47 pm EAT
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:04 pm EEST3:06 pm EEST
Ethiopia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:06 pm EAT2:37 pm EAT
Faroe Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:07 am WEST12:11 pm WEST
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:07 pm EEST3:05 pm EEST
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:23 am CEST1:39 pm CEST
French Guiana
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 am GFT6:38 am GFT
Gabon
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:01 am WAT11:40 am WAT
Gambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:06 am GMT10:17 am GMT
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:38 am CEST1:51 pm CEST
Gibraltar
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:05 am CEST1:01 pm CEST
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:24 pm EEST3:09 pm EEST
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:33 am WGST9:15 am WGST
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:40 am BST12:17 pm BST
Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am GMT10:25 am GMT
Guinea-Bissau
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:03 am GMT10:17 am GMT
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:39 am CEST2:04 pm CEST
Iceland
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:17 am GMT10:59 am GMT
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:50 pm PKT8:42 pm CST
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:59 pm AST5:38 pm TMT
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:45 pm AST3:58 pm IRST
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:45 am IST12:10 pm IST
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am BST12:13 pm BST
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:34 am EET3:15 pm EEST
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:13 am CEST1:56 pm CEST
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:39 am BST12:17 pm BST
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:33 am EET3:18 pm AST
Kenya
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:10 pm EAT1:57 pm EAT
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:34 am CEST2:02 pm CEST
Kuwait
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:00 pm AST3:22 pm AST
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:39 pm TJT6:45 pm KGT
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:00 pm EEST3:07 pm EEST
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:39 am IST3:17 pm EEST
Liberia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:54 am GMT10:19 am GMT
Liechtenstein
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am CEST1:41 pm CEST
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:58 am CEST3:06 pm EEST
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:41 am CEST1:35 pm CEST
Mali
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:03 am GMT12:03 pm WAT
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:16 am CEST1:46 pm CEST
Mauritania
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:11 am GMT10:51 am GMT
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:48 pm EEST3:14 pm EEST
Monaco
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:29 am CEST1:36 pm CEST
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:33 am CEST2:00 pm CEST
Morocco
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:25 am WET11:09 am WET
Myanmar
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:16 pm CST6:05 pm BST
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am WAT10:38 am WAT
Nepal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:04 pm CST6:21 pm NPT
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:44 am CEST1:36 pm CEST
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 am CEST2:04 pm CEST
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:59 am CEST1:55 pm CEST
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:20 pm GST4:20 pm GST
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:03 pm AFT8:42 pm CST
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:35 am EET2:14 pm EET
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:47 am CEST3:05 pm EEST
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:48 am WEST12:03 pm WEST
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:10 pm AST3:16 pm AST
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:40 pm EEST3:14 pm EEST
Rwanda
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:50 am CAT12:33 pm CAT
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:39 am GMT9:47 am GMT
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 am CEST1:46 pm CEST
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am GMT10:32 am GMT
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:31 pm AST3:20 pm AST
Senegal
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:05 am GMT10:22 am GMT
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:36 am CEST2:04 pm CEST
Sierra Leone
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am GMT10:17 am GMT
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:43 am CEST2:03 pm CEST
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:36 am CEST1:54 pm CEST
Somalia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:49 pm EAT2:22 pm EAT
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:40 am WAT2:26 pm EAT
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:41 am WEST1:27 pm CEST
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:39 am EAT2:57 pm EAT
Suriname
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 am SRT6:38 am SRT
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
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Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:56 am CEST1:54 pm CEST
Switzerland
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:34 am CEST1:42 pm CEST
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:39 am EET2:25 pm EET
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:37 pm UZT6:43 pm KGT
Tanzania
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:54 am CAT1:33 pm EAT
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:59 am EET1:40 pm
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:15 pm TMT5:41 pm UZT
Uganda
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:52 am CAT1:54 pm EAT
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:47 am CEST3:25 pm EEST
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:13 pm GST4:19 pm GST
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:41 am BST12:26 pm BST
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:21 pm AQTT6:44 pm KGT
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:28 am CEST1:45 pm CEST
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:24 am GMT10:45 am WET
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:45 pm AST3:55 pm GST
Zambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am WAT11:54 am CAT
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:06 pm EEST2:55 pm 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 eclipse2,750,000,00041.55%
At least 10% partial1,980,000,00029.88%
At least 20% partial1,520,000,00023.00%
At least 30% partial1,220,000,00018.50%
At least 40% partial994,000,00014.98%
At least 50% partial860,000,00012.96%
At least 60% partial724,000,00010.91%
At least 70% partial570,000,0008.60%
At least 80% partial435,000,0006.56%
At least 90% partial223,000,0003.36%
Totality or annularity42,300,0000.64%

* 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: March 14–15, 2006 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse