A total solar eclipse can be seen from parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica on November 13–14, 2012. It is November 14 local time when the eclipse is visible in places east of the International Date Line.
The eclipse starts at 19:38 Universal Time (UT) on November 13 and ends at 00:46 UT on November 14, 2012.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South in Asia, Australia, South/West South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.
This solar eclipse is visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific Ocean. The best place to view the total eclipse is the city of Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, which experiences about 2 minutes of totality at about 20:38 UT, or 06:38 AEST, on November 14. The nearby town of Port Douglas also experiences the eclipse and hosts a solar eclipse marathon run to coincide with the event.
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||Nov 13 at 19:37:59||Nov 13 at 2:37:59 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Nov 13 at 20:35:10||Nov 13 at 3:35:10 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Nov 13 at 22:11:50||Nov 13 at 5:11:50 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Nov 13 at 23:48:24||Nov 13 at 6:48:24 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Nov 14 at 00:45:32||Nov 13 at 7:45:32 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.
How Many People Can See This Eclipse?
|Number of People Seeing...||Number of People*||Fraction of World Population|
|Any part of the eclipse||82,000,000||1.04%|
|At least 10% partial||65,700,000||0.83%|
|At least 20% partial||63,000,000||0.80%|
|At least 30% partial||55,800,000||0.71%|
|At least 40% partial||52,600,000||0.67%|
|At least 50% partial||36,500,000||0.46%|
|At least 60% partial||24,400,000||0.31%|
|At least 70% partial||12,600,000||0.16%|
|At least 80% partial||5,380,000||0.07%|
|At least 90% partial||866,000||0.01%|
|Totality or annularity||207,000||0.00%|
* 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.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: November 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse