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May 20/21, 2012 — Annular Solar Eclipse
The first solar eclipse in 2012 will be an annular solar eclipse on May 20–21. This is the first annular eclipse visible from the United States in 18 years. The eclipse will also be seen from eastern Asia and the northern Pacific. It starts in Asia and ends in the US.
What the Eclipse Looked Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looked like near the maximum point.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
Try our new interactive eclipse maps. Zoom in and search for accurate eclipse times and visualizations for any location.
Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: North/East Europe, Much of Asia, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
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||May 20 at 20:56:09||May 20 at 4:56:09 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||May 20 at 22:24:17||May 20 at 6:24:17 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||May 20 at 23:52:47||May 20 at 7:52:47 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||May 21 at 01:38:22||May 20 at 9:38:22 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||May 21 at 02:49:21||May 20 at 10:49:21 pm|
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses Come in Pairs!
A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a solar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a lunar eclipse!
Following paired eclipse: June 4, 2012 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2012
- May 20 / May 21, 2012 – Annular Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Jun 4, 2012 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5/6, 2012 — Partial Venus Transit
- Nov 13 / Nov 14, 2012 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Nov 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2017
- Feb 10/11, 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 26, 2017 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 7/8, 2017 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21, 2017 – Total Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27/28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector