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October 14, 2023 — Great American Eclipse (Annular Solar Eclipse)

This annular eclipse is the second of three notable solar eclipses viewable from the US. It follows the US total eclipse of August 2017, and comes six months before the Mexico-US-Canada total eclipse of April 2024.

Annularity, where the Sun forms a ‘ring of fire’ around the Moon, is visible along a narrow path that crosses the US from Oregon to Texas. It then passes over Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, plus parts of Central America, Colombia, and Brazil. Elsewhere in the Americas—from Alaska to Argentina—a partial eclipse will be visible.

The timeanddate team will broadcast this eclipse live from the world-famous city of Roswell, New Mexico.

Is this Annular Solar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What the Eclipse Will Look Like Near the Maximum Point

The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point. The curvature of the Moon's path is due to the Earth's rotation.

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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: West in Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

Expand for some cities where annular eclipse is visible
Expand for some cities where partial eclipse is visible

Is this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)






The dark areas symbolize night and twilight.

3D Eclipse Animation

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)






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.

Where the Eclipse Is Visible

Use our interactive map to click on any location and see eclipse animations, local times, and average cloud cover. You can also keep an eye on our broadcast schedule: we will show this eclipse LIVE!

Warning: Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection.

The Moon's antumbra, the portion of its shadow that causes the annular eclipse, will first make landfall on the coast of Oregon. Here, the Moon will begin to move in front of the Sun's disk at 8:04 am local time. It will then move across parts of Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas, also touching peripheral areas of California, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona along the way.

Farther south, the eclipse will be visible in parts of the Yucatán peninsula in southwestern Mexico and several Central American countries, including Belize, Honduras, and Panama. It will then sweep across central Colombia and a large stretch of northern Brazil before coming to an end in the Atlantic ocean, just off Natal, Brazil.

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 beginOct 14 at 15:03:50Oct 14 at 11:03:50 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginOct 14 at 16:10:11Oct 14 at 12:10:11 pm
Maximum EclipseOct 14 at 17:59:32Oct 14 at 1:59:32 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endOct 14 at 19:49:01Oct 14 at 3:49:01 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endOct 14 at 20:55:16Oct 14 at 4:55:16 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. 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.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Annular Solar Eclipse will be on Oct 2, 2024.

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse1,060,000,00013.49%
At least 10% partial989,000,00012.53%
At least 20% partial944,000,00011.96%
At least 30% partial860,000,00010.90%
At least 40% partial754,000,0009.55%
At least 50% partial636,000,0008.05%
At least 60% partial525,000,0006.66%
At least 70% partial382,000,0004.84%
At least 80% partial216,000,0002.73%
At least 90% partial27,800,0000.35%
Totality or annularity31,500,0000.40%

* 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 first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: October 28, 2023 — Partial Lunar Eclipse