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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.

Was this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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, North/West Asia, North/West Africa, East in North America, Atlantic, Arctic.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

EventUTC TimeTime 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 09:09:31Mar 20 at 5:09:31 am
Maximum EclipseMar 20 at 09:45:40Mar 20 at 5:45:40 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 20 at 10:21:24Mar 20 at 6:21:24 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. 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.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

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

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