Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
December 4, 2021 Total Solar Eclipse
You'll have to travel a long way to Antarctica to see the total phase of this total solar eclipse. Parts of southern Africa, including locations in South Africa and Namibia, will see a partial solar eclipse, if the weather permits.
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 Boston*|
|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 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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: November 19, 2021 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
Countdown until eclipse begins772Days 18Hrs 21Mins 10Secs
Dec 4, 2021 at 05:29 UTC
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 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
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