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July 11, 2010 Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse occurs on July 11, 2010. Tourists and inhabitants on Easter Island (Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua) and other small islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, as well as in southern Argentina and Chile in South America, can witness this 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: South/West South America, Pacific.

The eclipse's path

The total solar eclipse on July 11, 2010 is visible in parts of South Amermica, but it does not touch the mainland until sunset. Therefore, those wishing to witness this eclipse on mainland southern Argentina and Chile see it during sunset.

The best place to watch the eclipse is Easter Island, but it is also visible in places such as Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Wellington Island, which is off the coast of Chile. The path of totality ends after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a large region covering the South Pacific and southern South America.

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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 66.2 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJul 11 at 17:09:37Jul 11 at 1:09:37 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJul 11 at 18:15:12Jul 11 at 2:15:12 pm
Maximum EclipseJul 11 at 19:33:31Jul 11 at 3:33:31 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endJul 11 at 20:51:40Jul 11 at 4:51:40 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJul 11 at 21:57:15Jul 11 at 5:57:15 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Nov 13 – Nov 14, 2012

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
3:43 pm CLT5:54 pm CLT
Total Solar Eclipse
12:40 pm EAST5:56 pm CLT
Cook Islands
Total Solar Eclipse
7:09 am CKT9:36 am CKT
French Polynesia
Total Solar Eclipse
7:12 am TAHT11:33 am GAMT
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 am SST8:12 am SST
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:20 pm BOT5:42 pm BOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm UYT5:24 pm PYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:56 pm GALT2:47 pm GALT
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:50 pm FKT4:14 pm FKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:25 am FJT7:08 am FJT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:11 am LINT9:38 am LINT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:46 am NZST8:23 am CHAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:53 am NUT8:15 am NUT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:26 pm ART5:37 pm PYT
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:19 pm PET4:33 pm PET
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:47 am PST1:01 pm PST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:50 am WST8:07 am WST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 am TKT8:00 am TKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:08 am TOT8:13 am TOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:17 am TVT6:51 am TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:15 am 8:03 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:14 pm UYT6:06 pm UYT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 am WFT7:01 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 eclipse108,000,0001.55%
At least 10% partial58,200,0000.83%
At least 20% partial50,200,0000.72%
At least 30% partial42,300,0000.61%
At least 40% partial20,300,0000.29%
At least 50% partial9,740,0000.14%
At least 60% partial6,260,0000.09%
At least 70% partial2,840,0000.04%
At least 80% partial1,200,0000.02%
At least 90% partial624,0000.008%
Totality or annularity95,9000.001%

* 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: June 26, 2010 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

Eclipses in 2010