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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.

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: South/East Asia, North/West Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

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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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMar 8 at 23:19:22Mar 8 at 6:19:22 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMar 9 at 00:15:59Mar 8 at 7:15:59 pm
Maximum EclipseMar 9 at 01:57:11Mar 8 at 8:57:11 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMar 9 at 03:38:19Mar 8 at 10:38:19 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMar 9 at 04:34:52Mar 8 at 11:34:52 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 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 Aug 21, 2017.

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: March 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse