Live coverage of the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018.
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 22:06:20||May 20 at 6:06:20 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 01:39:10||May 20 at 9:39:10 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||May 21 at 02:49:21||May 20 at 10:49:21 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.
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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: 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 — Venus Transit
- Nov 13 / Nov 14, 2012 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Nov 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar 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
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector