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January 4, 2011 Partial Solar Eclipse

The first of four partial solar eclipses occurs on January 4, 2011. This particular eclipse gives tourists and inhabitants in Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia the chance to witness a small portion of the sun blocked by the moon.

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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, Much of Asia, Much of Africa.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 66.3 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginJan 4 at 06:40:12Jan 4 at 1:40:12 am
Maximum EclipseJan 4 at 08:50:36Jan 4 at 3:50:36 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endJan 4 at 11:00:54Jan 4 at 6:00:54 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Jun 1, 2011

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Afghanistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:49 am IRST3:56 pm TJT
Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am CET10:55 am CET
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 am CET10:22 am CET
Andorra
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:22 am CET10:19 am CET
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am EET2:42 pm AMT
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am CET10:54 am CET
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:36 am AMT2:47 pm AZT
Bahrain
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:50 am AST1:31 pm AST
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:15 am CET12:23 pm EET
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:32 am CET10:39 am CET
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:12 am WAT8:46 am WAT
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am CET10:55 am CET
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:00 am EET12:13 pm EET
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:01 am GMT7:56 am GMT
Cameroon
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am WAT9:32 am WAT
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:06 am WAT9:47 am WAT
Chad
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:43 am WAT10:24 am WAT
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:52 pm KGT6:59 pm CST
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:47 am WAT9:08 am WAT
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am CET10:56 am CET
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am EET12:19 pm EET
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:02 am CET10:59 am CET
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:23 am CET10:57 am CET
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:42 am EAT12:39 pm EAT
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:51 am EET12:14 pm EET
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:16 am EAT12:55 pm EAT
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:23 am EET12:17 pm EET
Ethiopia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:20 am EAT12:44 pm EAT
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:27 am EET12:21 pm EET
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:49 am CET10:39 am CET
Georgia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:29 am MSK2:42 pm AZT
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am CET10:55 am CET
Gibraltar
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:32 am CET9:54 am CET
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:53 am EET12:07 pm EET
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:05 am GMT9:25 am GMT
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:00 am CET11:05 am CET
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:03 pm PKT4:19 pm IST
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am EET3:52 pm TMT
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:18 am EET1:39 pm AST
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:34 am GMT9:28 am GMT
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:36 am GMT9:30 am GMT
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am EET12:20 pm EET
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am CET10:49 am CET
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:02 am GMT9:24 am GMT
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:08 am EET1:25 pm AST
Kazakhstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:45 am MSK5:00 pm ALMT
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am CET10:58 am CET
Kuwait
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:37 am AST1:35 pm AST
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:40 pm TJT4:59 pm ALMT
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:19 am EET12:17 pm EET
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am IST12:22 pm EET
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 am CET11:53 am EET
Liechtenstein
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:07 am CET10:39 am CET
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:18 am EET12:14 pm EET
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:30 am CET10:38 am CET
Mali
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am GMT9:27 am WAT
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am CET10:33 am CET
Mauritania
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:56 am GMT8:26 am GMT
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:12 am EET12:17 pm EET
Monaco
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am CET10:31 am CET
Mongolia
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:05 pm HOVT5:27 pm HOVT
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am CET10:55 am CET
Morocco
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:06 am WET8:57 am WET
Nepal
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:23 pm IST6:19 pm CST
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:37 am CET10:43 am CET
Niger
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 am EET10:08 am WAT
Nigeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:56 am WAT9:32 am WAT
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am CET11:00 am CET
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:04 am CET11:07 am CET
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:05 pm GST2:35 pm GST
Pakistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:55 pm AFT3:53 pm PKT
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:07 am EET12:18 pm EET
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:06 am CET11:09 am CET
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:43 am WET9:04 am WET
Qatar
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am AST1:31 pm AST
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:03 am EET12:16 pm EET
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:16 am CET4:59 pm OMST
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:54 am CET10:41 am CET
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:07 am AST1:33 pm AST
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am CET12:02 pm EET
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:03 am CET11:05 am CET
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am CET10:51 am CET
Somalia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:49 am EAT12:33 pm EAT
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:10 am EAT12:22 pm EAT
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am CET10:21 am CET
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:52 am WAT1:03 pm EAT
Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:23 am CET12:13 pm EET
Switzerland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:02 am CET10:41 am CET
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:11 am EET12:34 pm EET
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:35 pm UZT3:58 pm TJT
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:41 am EET10:27 am CET
Turkey
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:00 am EET2:09 pm IRST
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:55 pm AQTT3:56 pm TMT
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:09 am CET1:34 pm MSK
United Arab Emirates
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:55 am GST2:34 pm GST
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am GMT9:43 am GMT
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:03 pm AQTT4:59 pm KGT
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:51 am CET10:38 am CET
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am WET8:26 am WET
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:34 am AST2:11 pm GST
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am EET12:09 pm EET

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 eclipse1,730,000,00024.52%
At least 10% partial1,230,000,00017.43%
At least 20% partial1,110,000,00015.69%
At least 30% partial1,010,000,00014.31%
At least 40% partial902,000,00012.76%
At least 50% partial694,000,0009.82%
At least 60% partial557,000,0007.88%
At least 70% partial232,000,0003.28%

* 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: December 21, 2010 — Total Lunar Eclipse


Eclipses in 2011