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December 4, 2021 — Total Solar Eclipse

Is this Total Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Will Look Like Near the Maximum Point

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Where to See the Eclipse

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Path of the Eclipse Shadow

Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: South in Australia, South in Africa, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Is this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Shadow Path

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3D Eclipse Animation

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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 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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 4 at 05:29:16Dec 4 at 12:29:16 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 4 at 07:00:04Dec 4 at 2:00:04 am
Maximum EclipseDec 4 at 07:33:26Dec 4 at 2:33:26 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 4 at 08:06:32Dec 4 at 3:06:32 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 4 at 09:37:26Dec 4 at 4:37:26 am

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its maximum, and ends, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Apr 20, 2023.

Eclipses Come in Pairs!

A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a solar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a lunar eclipse!

Preceding paired eclipse: November 19, 2021 — Partial Lunar Eclipse