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March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse
Astronomy: Same day as the March Equinox 2015
It's a Total Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard (Norway), and a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa. The eclipse starts at 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC.
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: Europe, North/West Asia, North/West Africa, East in North America, 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||Mar 20 at 07:40:54||Mar 20 at 3:40:54 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Mar 20 at 09:09:31||Mar 20 at 5:09:31 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Mar 20 at 09:45:40||Mar 20 at 5:45:40 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Mar 20 at 10:21:24||Mar 20 at 6:21:24 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Mar 20 at 11:50:12||Mar 20 at 7:50:12 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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: April 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Apr 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 27–28, 2015 — Total Lunar 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
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse
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