Live coverage of the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018.
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.
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 in Asia, West in Australia, Much of Africa, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
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 Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Sep 1 at 06:13:10||Sep 1 at 2:13:10 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Sep 1 at 07:17:52||Sep 1 at 3:17:52 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Sep 1 at 09:06:53||Sep 1 at 5:06:53 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Sep 1 at 10:55:52||Sep 1 at 6:55:52 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Sep 1 at 12:00:37||Sep 1 at 8:00:37 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.
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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: August 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse
Third eclipse this season: September 16, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2016
- Mar 8 / Mar 9, 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Mar 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- May 9–10, 2016 — Mercury Transit
- Aug 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 – Annular Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Sep 16–17, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27–28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar 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
Protect Your Eyes
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- Eclipse Projector in a Box
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