Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
March 8–9, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse
The Total Solar Eclipse was visible from parts of Indonesia including Sumatra, Borneo, and Sulawesi, and from locations in the Pacific Ocean.
Observers in northern and eastern Australia, South Asia, and East Asia were able to see a partial eclipse.
The eclipse started at 23:19 UTC on March 8, 2016, and its maximum point was at 01:59 UTC on March 9, 2016. Totality lasted for 4 minutes and 9 seconds.
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: South/East Asia, North/West Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.
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 Seattle*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Mar 8 at 23:19:22||Mar 8 at 3:19:22 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Mar 9 at 00:15:59||Mar 8 at 4:15:59 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Mar 9 at 01:57:11||Mar 8 at 5:57:11 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Mar 9 at 03:38:19||Mar 8 at 7:38:19 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Mar 9 at 04:34:52||Mar 8 at 8:34:52 pm|
* 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 Seattle 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: March 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Find Eclipses in Your City
Eclipses in 2016
- Mar 8 / Mar 9, 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Mar 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- May 9–10, 2016 — Mercury Transit
- Aug 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 16–17, 2016 — Penumbral 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
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
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- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector