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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|
* 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: 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 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