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September 13, 2015 Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial solar eclipse will only be visible from South Africa, Antarctica and locations in Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

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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 Africa, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 67.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginSep 13 at 04:41:40Sep 13 at 12:41:40 am
Maximum EclipseSep 13 at 06:54:17Sep 13 at 2:54:17 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endSep 13 at 09:06:24Sep 13 at 5:06:24 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 15, 2018

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEnd
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:50 am CAT7:52 am CAT
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 pm NZST5:05 pm CAST
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 am SAST8:29 am CAT
Eswatini
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am SAST8:42 am SAST
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:54 am TFT1:34 pm TFT
Lesotho
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:43 am SAST8:49 am SAST
Madagascar
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:57 am EAT9:49 am EAT
Malawi
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:01 am CAT7:52 am CAT
Mozambique
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am CAT8:41 am CAT
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 am CAT8:34 am SAST
Reunion
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:43 am RET10:14 am RET
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am GMT6:51 am GMT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:41 am SAST9:47 am SAST
Zambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:51 am CAT7:55 am CAT
Zimbabwe
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:45 am SAST8:20 am SAST

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 eclipse124,000,0001.67%
At least 10% partial60,500,0000.82%
At least 20% partial22,100,0000.30%
At least 30% partial4,990,0000.07%
At least 40% partial--
At least 50% partial--
At least 60% partial--
At least 70% partial--

* 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: September 28, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse