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December 14, 2020 Total Solar Eclipse

This total solar eclipse, the last eclipse of 2020, was visible from parts of Chile and Argentina in the afternoon. Some locations in southern South America, south-west Africa, and Antarctica saw the partial phase of this South American total solar eclipse.

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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 Africa, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 69.4 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 14 at 13:33:55Dec 14 at 8:33:55 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 14 at 14:32:36Dec 14 at 9:32:36 am
Maximum EclipseDec 14 at 16:13:30Dec 14 at 11:13:30 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 14 at 17:54:19Dec 14 at 12:54:19 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 14 at 18:53:06Dec 14 at 1:53:06 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Dec 4, 2021

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Argentina
Total Solar Eclipse
11:33 am ART3:04 pm BRT
Chile
Total Solar Eclipse
8:53 am EASST2:33 pm ART
Angola
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:00 pm WAT6:41 pm WAT
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:33 pm CLST2:45 pm
Bolivia
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:34 am PET1:41 pm BOT
Botswana
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:55 pm CAT7:25 pm SAST
Brazil
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:34 am PET4:42 pm FNT
Congo
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 pm WAT6:19 pm WAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 pm WAT6:17 pm WAT
Cote d'Ivoire
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:54 pm GMT6:06 pm GMT
Ecuador
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:53 am GALT10:45 am PET
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:23 pm WAT6:37 pm WAT
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:14 pm FKST2:49 pm FKST
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:08 am GAMT6:39 am GAMT
Gabon
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:16 pm WAT6:23 pm WAT
Ghana
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:49 pm GMT6:02 pm GMT
Lesotho
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:53 pm SAST7:05 pm SAST
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am MST7:37 am MST
Namibia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:54 pm SAST7:49 pm CAT
Paraguay
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:53 am PYST3:02 pm PYST
Peru
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:12 am PET12:02 pm PET
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:54 am PST7:46 am PST
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:31 pm GMT6:50 pm GMT
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:25 pm GMT5:31 pm GMT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:49 pm SAST7:54 pm SAST
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:50 pm GST4:04 pm GST
Uruguay
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:03 pm UYT3:09 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 eclipse365,000,0004.67%
At least 10% partial264,000,0003.37%
At least 20% partial213,000,0002.73%
At least 30% partial161,000,0002.06%
At least 40% partial95,100,0001.21%
At least 50% partial76,600,0000.98%
At least 60% partial58,100,0000.74%
At least 70% partial46,900,0000.60%
At least 80% partial12,300,0000.16%
At least 90% partial6,730,0000.09%
Totality or annularity782,0000.009%

* 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: November 30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse