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September 1, 2016 Annular Solar Eclipse

The annular solar eclipse will be visible from Madagascar and locations in Central Africa. The Moon's shadow will also cross parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

For most viewers in Africa, the eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse.

The eclipse will begin at 06:13 UTC on September 1, 2016. The maximum point will take place at 09:01 UTC, and the annularity will last for 3 minutes and 6 seconds.

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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/West Asia, West in Australia, Much of 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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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 68.4 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginSep 1 at 06:13:10Sep 1 at 2:13:10 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginSep 1 at 07:17:52Sep 1 at 3:17:52 am
Maximum EclipseSep 1 at 09:06:55Sep 1 at 5:06:55 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endSep 1 at 10:55:52Sep 1 at 6:55:52 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endSep 1 at 12:00:40Sep 1 at 8:00:40 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 Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 26, 2017

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Congo
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:20 am WAT10:41 am WAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:24 am WAT12:39 pm CAT
Equatorial Guinea
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:16 am WAT10:20 am WAT
Gabon
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:17 am WAT10:33 am WAT
Madagascar
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:43 am EAT2:32 pm EAT
Mozambique
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:06 am CAT1:12 pm CAT
Reunion
Annular Solar Eclipse
12:22 pm RET3:43 pm RET
Tanzania
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:45 am EAT2:05 pm EAT
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:26 am CET9:32 am WAT
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:23 am WAT11:20 am WAT
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:38 pm DAVT4:56 pm VOST
Australia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:51 pm AWST6:14 pm AWST
Benin
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am GMT9:51 am WAT
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:58 am WAT12:43 pm SAST
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:54 am BRT6:32 am FNT
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:10 pm IOT5:34 pm IOT
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am GMT9:42 am WAT
Burundi
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:44 am CAT12:27 pm CAT
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:17 am CVT7:09 am CVT
Cameroon
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:16 am WAT10:32 am WAT
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:20 am WAT10:58 am WAT
Chad
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:21 am WAT10:30 am WAT
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:16 pm CXT5:54 pm CXT
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:34 pm CCT5:59 pm CCT
Comoros
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:31 am EAT2:17 pm EAT
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am GMT8:42 am GMT
Djibouti
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:17 am EAT1:08 pm EAT
Egypt
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:55 am EET12:05 pm EAT
Eritrea
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:04 am EAT1:02 pm EAT
Eswatini
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 am SAST12:51 pm SAST
Ethiopia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:49 am EAT1:35 pm EAT
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:40 pm TFT4:54 pm TFT
Gambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:43 am GMT8:18 am GMT
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am GMT8:48 am GMT
Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am GMT8:31 am GMT
Guinea-Bissau
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:43 am GMT8:20 am GMT
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:25 pm WIB6:11 pm WIB
Kenya
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:50 am EAT1:52 pm EAT
Lesotho
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:39 am SAST12:41 pm SAST
Liberia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am GMT8:36 am GMT
Libya
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:41 am WAT10:03 am WAT
Malawi
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:01 am CAT1:00 pm CAT
Maldives
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:26 pm MVT4:12 pm MVT
Mali
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:15 am GMT9:37 am WAT
Mauritania
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:20 am GMT8:24 am GMT
Mauritius
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:14 pm MUT3:49 pm MUT
Mayotte
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:38 am EAT2:19 pm EAT
Morocco
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:37 am WEST9:03 am WEST
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:44 am WAT11:27 am WAT
Niger
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:16 am WAT10:01 am WAT
Nigeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:14 am WAT10:11 am WAT
Oman
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:34 am AST12:31 pm AST
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:13 am WEST8:26 am WEST
Rwanda
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:43 am CAT12:25 pm CAT
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am GMT8:53 am GMT
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am GMT9:08 am GMT
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:28 am AST12:41 pm AST
Senegal
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:34 am GMT8:22 am GMT
Seychelles
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am SCT3:24 pm SCT
Sierra Leone
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:32 am GMT8:28 am GMT
Somalia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:10 am EAT1:49 pm EAT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:14 am SAST12:54 pm CAT
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:32 am WAT1:20 pm EAT
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:54 am WEST8:44 am WEST
Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:31 am WAT1:00 pm EAT
Togo
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am GMT8:49 am GMT
Tunisia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:13 am EET9:50 am EET
Uganda
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:43 am CAT1:30 pm EAT
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am WEST8:05 am GMT
Yemen
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:24 am AST1:08 pm AST
Zambia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:46 am CAT12:51 pm CAT
Zimbabwe
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:03 am CAT12:54 pm CAT

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 eclipse1,170,000,00015.67%
At least 10% partial991,000,00013.19%
At least 20% partial950,000,00012.65%
At least 30% partial889,000,00011.84%
At least 40% partial777,000,00010.35%
At least 50% partial624,000,0008.31%
At least 60% partial520,000,0006.93%
At least 70% partial321,000,0004.28%
At least 80% partial165,000,0002.20%
At least 90% partial44,200,0000.59%
Totality or annularity7,930,0000.11%

* 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 second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: August 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: September 16, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse