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February 15, 2018 Partial Solar Eclipse

This partial solar eclipse will be visible in southern South America, including many locations in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and in Antarctica. The eclipse will also be visible from some areas of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Was this Partial 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 South America, Pacific, Atlantic, 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.

3D Eclipse Animation

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)




The dark areas symbolize night and twilight.

Note: The animation follows the eclipse shadow from west to east, its point of view moving around the planet at a greater speed than Earth's rotation. If you don't take into account this rapid change of perspective, it may look like Earth is spinning in the wrong direction.

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 beginFeb 15 at 18:55:52Feb 15 at 1:55:52 pm
Maximum EclipseFeb 15 at 20:51:31Feb 15 at 3:51:31 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endFeb 15 at 22:47:11Feb 15 at 5:47:11 pm

* 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Jul 13, 2018.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

Partial Solar Eclipse
4:57 am DDUT7:19 pm CLST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:36 pm ART7:47 pm ART
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:36 pm BRST8:37 pm BRST
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 pm CLST7:44 pm ART
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:44 pm FKST7:35 pm FKST
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 pm PYST7:38 pm ART
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:25 pm GST8:17 pm GST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:33 pm UYT7:45 pm UYT

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 eclipse84,500,0001.07%
At least 10% partial4,010,0000.05%
At least 20% partial472,0000.005%
At least 30% partial--
At least 40% partial--

* 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: January 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse