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November 13–14, 2012 Total Solar Eclipse

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.

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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: 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.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)






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 66.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginNov 13 at 19:37:59Nov 13 at 2:37:59 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginNov 13 at 20:35:10Nov 13 at 3:35:10 pm
Maximum EclipseNov 13 at 22:11:50Nov 13 at 5:11:50 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endNov 13 at 23:48:24Nov 13 at 6:48:24 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endNov 14 at 00:45:32Nov 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Nov 3, 2013

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
5:42 am AEST9:29 am
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:16 am SST11:34 am SST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:23 am DDUT8:38 pm CLST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:38 pm ART9:11 pm CLST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:37 pm CLST7:44 pm EASST
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:35 am CKT1:22 pm CKT
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:01 am TLT5:29 am WITA
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 pm GALT5:54 pm GALT
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 pm FKST8:33 pm FKST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:54 am FJST11:32 am FJST
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:08 am TAHT3:15 pm GAMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:19 am ChST6:52 am ChST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:04 am WIT5:30 am WITA
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:50 am GILT12:46 pm LINT
Marshall Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am 9:03 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:40 am PONT8:17 am PONT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:47 am NRT9:22 am NRT
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:47 am NCT9:17 am NCT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:11 am NZDT12:51 pm CHADT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:17 am NUT11:46 am NUT
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:31 am NFT9:52 am NFT
Northern Mariana Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:18 am ChST6:49 am ChST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:53 am 6:16 am
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 am PGT7:38 am PGT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:04 pm PET6:12 pm PET
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:08 pm PST4:31 pm PST
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:12 am WST12:27 pm WST
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:38 am SBT8:53 am SBT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:18 am TKT11:08 am TKT
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:05 am TOT11:41 am TOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am TVT9:58 am TVT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am SST10:09 am SST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am VUT9:11 am VUT
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:01 am WFT10:16 am WFT

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 eclipse75,700,0001.06%
At least 10% partial60,600,0000.85%
At least 20% partial58,100,0000.81%
At least 30% partial51,500,0000.72%
At least 40% partial48,500,0000.68%
At least 50% partial33,700,0000.47%
At least 60% partial22,500,0000.32%
At least 70% partial11,600,0000.16%
At least 80% partial4,970,0000.07%
At least 90% partial799,0000.01%
Totality or annularity191,0000.002%

* 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 first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: November 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse