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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.

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/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.

Expand for some cities where at least part of the total eclipse was visible
Expand for some cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJul 11 at 17:09:39Jul 11 at 1:09:39 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginJul 11 at 18:15:11Jul 11 at 2:15:11 pm
Maximum EclipseJul 11 at 19:33:31Jul 11 at 3:33:31 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endJul 11 at 20:51:41Jul 11 at 4:51:41 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJul 11 at 21:57:13Jul 11 at 5:57:13 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. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

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

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