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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.

Was this Annular 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/West Asia, West in Australia, Much of Africa, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 68.4 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime 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. 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 Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 26, 2017.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndAnnularity Duration
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:20 am WAT10:41 am WAT10m
Congo Democratic Republic
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:25 am WAT12:39 pm CAT43m
Equatorial Guinea
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:17 am WAT10:20 am WAT2m
Annular Solar Eclipse
7:18 am WAT10:33 am WAT12m
Annular Solar Eclipse
10:44 am EAT2:31 pm EAT15m
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:07 am CAT1:11 pm CAT12m
Annular Solar Eclipse
12:23 pm RET3:42 pm RET3m
Annular Solar Eclipse
9:46 am EAT2:05 pm EAT40m
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:27 am CET9:32 am CET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:24 am WAT11:20 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:39 pm DAVT4:56 pm VOST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:51 pm AWST6:14 pm AWST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:14 am WAT9:51 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:59 am WAT12:42 pm CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:55 am BRT6:32 am FNT---
British Indian Ocean Territory
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:11 pm IOT5:34 pm IOT---
Burkina Faso
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:15 am GMT8:42 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:45 am CAT12:27 pm CAT---
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:18 am CVT7:09 am CVT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am WAT10:32 am WAT---
Central African Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:21 am WAT10:58 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:22 am WAT10:29 am WAT---
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:17 pm CXT5:54 pm CXT---
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:34 pm CCT5:58 pm CCT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:32 am EAT2:16 pm EAT---
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am GMT8:42 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:17 am EAT1:08 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:55 am EET12:04 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:05 am EAT1:02 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:37 am SAST12:51 pm SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:50 am EAT1:35 pm EAT---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:41 pm TFT4:54 pm TFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am GMT8:18 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am GMT8:48 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:23 am GMT8:31 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:44 am GMT8:20 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:26 pm WIB6:11 pm WIB---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:51 am EAT1:52 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:40 am SAST12:41 pm SAST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:23 am GMT8:36 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 am EET10:03 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:02 am CAT1:00 pm CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:27 pm MVT4:11 pm MVT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 am GMT8:37 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:21 am GMT8:23 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:14 pm MUT3:49 pm MUT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:39 am EAT2:18 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:38 am WEST9:03 am WEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am WAT11:27 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:17 am WAT10:00 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:15 am WAT10:11 am WAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:35 pm GST1:30 pm GST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:14 am WEST8:25 am WEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:44 am CAT12:25 pm CAT---
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am GMT8:52 am GMT---
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:17 am GMT9:08 am GMT---
Saudi Arabia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:29 am AST12:41 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:35 am GMT8:21 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am SCT3:24 pm SCT---
Sierra Leone
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 am GMT8:28 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:11 am EAT1:49 pm EAT---
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:15 am SAST12:54 pm CAT---
South Sudan
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:33 am EAT1:20 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:55 am WEST8:44 am WEST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:32 am WAT1:00 pm EAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 am GMT8:49 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:14 am EET9:50 am EET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:44 am EAT1:28 pm EAT---
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 am WEST8:05 am GMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:25 am AST1:08 pm AST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:47 am CAT12:50 pm CAT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:04 am CAT12:54 pm CAT---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Annularity duration" gives the time between the start and finish of annularity within the entire country (not at one location).

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