Live coverage of the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018.
December 4, 2021 — Total Solar 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: South in Australia, South in Africa, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
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 Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Dec 4 at 05:29:16||Dec 4 at 12:29:16 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Dec 4 at 07:00:04||Dec 4 at 2:00:04 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 4 at 07:33:26||Dec 4 at 2:33:26 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Dec 4 at 08:06:32||Dec 4 at 3:06:32 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Dec 4 at 09:37:26||Dec 4 at 4:37:26 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 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.
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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: November 19, 2021 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
Solar & Lunar Eclipses – iOS
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Find Eclipses in Your City
Eclipses in 2021
- May 26, 2021 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 10, 2021 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Nov 18–19, 2021 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 4, 2021 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27–28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
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
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector