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February 26, 2017 — Annular Solar Eclipse

The ring of fire, the main phase of this annular solar eclipse, was visible along a narrow path stretching from the southern tip of South America to Angola in Africa. In the surrounding areas, people saw a partial solar eclipse.

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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

Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South/West Africa, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Solar Eclipse Path

Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the Sun was covered.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Shades of darkness

Night

Astronomical Twilight (Sun was 12 - 18 degrees below the horizon).

Nautical Twilight (Sun was 6 - 12 degrees below the horizon).

Civil Twilight (Sun was 0 - 6 degrees below the horizon).

Day

Area that saw the annular solar eclipse.

More than 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 90% of the Sun was covered.

Up to 40% of the Sun was covered.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Note: Percentage values (%) relate to moon coverage of the Sun and depends on location. Visibility is weather permitting.

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide

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 beginFeb 26 at 12:10Feb 26 at 7:10 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginFeb 26 at 13:15Feb 26 at 8:15 am
Maximum EclipseFeb 26 at 14:58Feb 26 at 9:58 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endFeb 26 at 16:31Feb 26 at 11:31 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endFeb 26 at 17:35Feb 26 at 12:35 pm

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse could be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse began, was at its max, and ended, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you wanted to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Dec 26, 2019.

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