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March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse

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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.

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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: Europe, Much of Asia, North/West Africa, East in North America, Atlantic, Arctic.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 67.7 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 20 at 07:40:54Mar 20 at 3:40:54 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 20 at 09:09:33Mar 20 at 5:09:33 am
Maximum EclipseMar 20 at 09:45:40Mar 20 at 5:45:40 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 20 at 10:21:22Mar 20 at 6:21:22 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 20 at 11:50:12Mar 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Mar 8 – Mar 9, 2016

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Faroe Islands
Total Solar Eclipse
8:37 am WET10:48 am WET
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Total Solar Eclipse
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Albania
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:32 am CET11:53 am CET
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:47 am GMT11:27 am CET
Andorra
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:12 am CET11:29 am CET
Armenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:28 pm AMT3:16 pm AMT
Austria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:26 am CET11:58 am CET
Azerbaijan
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm AMT2:20 pm MSK
Belarus
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:50 am CET2:20 pm MSK
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:25 am CET11:47 am CET
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am WAT9:53 am WAT
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:31 am CET11:56 am CET
Bulgaria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:39 am CET1:06 pm EET
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am GMT9:09 am GMT
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 am CVT8:04 am CVT
Canada
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:04 am NDT7:00 am EDT
Chad
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:19 am WAT11:54 am EET
China
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:31 pm ALMT6:46 pm HOVT
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am GMT8:45 am GMT
Croatia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:29 am CET11:57 am CET
Cyprus
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:01 am EET12:53 pm EET
Czechia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am CET12:02 pm CET
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:37 am CET12:02 pm CET
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:41 am EET12:37 pm EET
Estonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:54 am EET1:18 pm EET
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:56 am EET1:22 pm EET
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am CET11:47 am CET
Gambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am GMT8:57 am GMT
Georgia
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:17 pm MSK3:19 pm GET
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:25 am CET12:00 noon CET
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am GMT8:46 am GMT
Gibraltar
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:58 am CET11:07 am CET
Greece
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:32 am EET1:00 pm EET
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:38 am WGT8:05 am WGT
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:19 am GMT10:36 am GMT
Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:47 am GMT8:54 am GMT
Guinea-Bissau
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am GMT8:53 am GMT
Hungary
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:34 am CET12:05 pm CET
Iceland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:36 am GMT10:47 am GMT
Iran
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:32 am EET2:44 pm IRST
Iraq
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:26 pm AST2:04 pm AST
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:18 am GMT10:38 am GMT
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:26 am GMT10:40 am GMT
Israel
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:13 am IST12:46 pm IST
Italy
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:14 am CET11:51 am CET
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:19 am GMT10:35 am GMT
Jordan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:15 am IST1:46 pm AST
Kazakhstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:28 pm MSK5:48 pm NOVT
Kosovo
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am CET11:56 am CET
Kyrgyzstan
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:34 pm ALMT5:32 pm ALMT
Latvia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am EET1:17 pm EET
Lebanon
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:13 am IST12:51 pm EET
Liberia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:04 am GMT8:30 am GMT
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:06 am CET12:34 pm EET
Liechtenstein
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:26 am CET11:47 am CET
Lithuania
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:50 am EET1:15 pm EET
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:26 am CET11:46 am CET
Mali
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am GMT9:40 am GMT
Malta
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:20 am CET11:33 am CET
Mauritania
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:41 am GMT9:42 am WET
Moldova
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:51 am EET1:12 pm EET
Monaco
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:19 am CET11:38 am CET
Mongolia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:29 pm ULAT6:48 pm KRAT
Montenegro
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am CET11:54 am CET
Morocco
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:41 am WET10:08 am WET
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:27 am CET11:51 am CET
Niger
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am GMT11:52 am EET
Nigeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:10 am WAT10:02 am WAT
North Macedonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:35 am CET12:56 pm EET
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:40 am CET12:20 pm CET
Palestine
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:13 am EET12:42 pm IST
Poland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:38 am CET12:11 pm CET
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:46 am WET10:17 am WET
Romania
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:39 am CET1:10 pm EET
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:48 am CET6:50 pm KRAT
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:49 am PMDT7:56 am PMDT
San Marino
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:26 am CET11:46 am CET
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:22 am EET1:40 pm AST
Senegal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:42 am GMT9:07 am GMT
Serbia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:35 am CET12:00 noon CET
Sierra Leone
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am GMT8:41 am GMT
Slovakia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:37 am CET12:05 pm CET
Slovenia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:29 am CET11:55 am CET
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:44 am WET11:30 am CET
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:00 am EET11:41 am EET
Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:42 am CET12:16 pm CET
Switzerland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:21 am CET11:47 am CET
Syria
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:11 am EET1:03 pm EET
Tajikistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:41 pm UZT4:22 pm TJT
Togo
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:09 am GMT8:45 am GMT
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:08 am CET11:31 am CET
Turkey
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:44 am EET1:15 pm EET
Turkmenistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:52 pm AQTT4:27 pm UZT
Ukraine
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:45 am CET1:25 pm EET
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:18 am GMT10:51 am GMT
Uzbekistan
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:53 pm AQTT5:33 pm QYZT
Vatican City (Holy See)
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:23 am CET11:42 am CET
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:41 am GMT9:43 am WET
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:54 am EET1:12 pm EET

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 eclipse1,260,000,00017.05%
At least 10% partial911,000,00012.27%
At least 20% partial835,000,00011.25%
At least 30% partial777,000,00010.47%
At least 40% partial705,000,0009.50%
At least 50% partial576,000,0007.76%
At least 60% partial425,000,0005.72%
At least 70% partial268,000,0003.61%
At least 80% partial116,000,0001.57%
At least 90% partial17,400,0000.23%
Totality or annularity48,6000.0006%

* 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: April 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse