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.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: Much of Europe, South/West Asia, Much of Africa.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Jan 4 at 06:40:14||Jan 4 at 1:40:14 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jan 4 at 08:50:35||Jan 4 at 3:50:35 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Jan 4 at 11:00:54||Jan 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. 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.
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.
This is the second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: December 21, 2010 — Total Lunar Eclipse