Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
December 26, 2019 Annular Solar Eclipse
The annular phase of this solar eclipse is visible from Saudi Arabia, southern India, and parts of Indonesia. Weather permitting, those in Europe, parts of Asia, and North-West Australia will see a partial eclipse.
What the Eclipse Will Look Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point.
Where to See the Eclipse
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 seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: East in Europe, Much of Asia, North/West Australia, East in Africa, Pacific, Indian Ocean.
Eclipse Shadow Path
3D Eclipse Animation
When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide — Timeline
The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Boston*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Dec 26 at 02:29:53||Dec 25 at 9:29:53 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Dec 26 at 03:34:33||Dec 25 at 10:34:33 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 26 at 05:17:46||Dec 26 at 12:17:46 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Dec 26 at 07:00:55||Dec 26 at 2:00:55 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Dec 26 at 08:05:40||Dec 26 at 3:05:40 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 Boston 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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: January 10, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Countdown until eclipse begins155Days 5Hrs 41Mins 12Secs
Dec 26, 2019 at 02:29 UTC
Find Eclipses in Your City
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 (this page)
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector