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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 in 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.

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 09:06:53Sep 1 at 5:06:53 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 12:00:37Sep 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.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Feb 26, 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 second eclipse this season.

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

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