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April 8, 2024 — Great North American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse)

This is the third time in seven years that a total or annular eclipse crosses the United States mainland, following the total eclipse of August 2017 and the annular eclipse of October 2023.

The narrow path of totality—where the Moon covers the Sun completely, causing a total eclipse—runs through Mexico (from Sinaloa to Coahuila), the US (from Texas to Maine), and Canada (from Ontario to Newfoundland). A partial eclipse will be visible across nearly all of North America, and a sliver of western Europe.

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

Expand for some cities where at least part of the total 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.

Eclipse Start & End: Local Time

Click any location on our interactive map to see eclipse animations, local times, and average cloud cover. 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 eclipse begins over the South Pacific Ocean at 15:42 UTC. Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico will be one of the first locations in continental North America to see totality.

The Moon's penumbral shadow moves across the border into Texas and from Texas into Okhlahoma. It then quickly passes through Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, from where it once again crosses into Canada.

Maximum Point: Best Location to View the Eclipse

Maximum eclipse takes place at 18:17 UTC around the city of Nazas, Durango in Mexico, where totality will last for 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

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 beginApr 8 at 15:42:15Apr 8 at 11:42:15 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginApr 8 at 16:38:52Apr 8 at 12:38:52 pm
Maximum EclipseApr 8 at 18:17:21Apr 8 at 2:17:21 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endApr 8 at 19:55:35Apr 8 at 3:55:35 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endApr 8 at 20:52:19Apr 8 at 4:52:19 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 Total Solar Eclipse will be on Aug 12, 2026.

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse635,000,0008.04%
At least 10% partial591,000,0007.49%
At least 20% partial552,000,0007.00%
At least 30% partial519,000,0006.58%
At least 40% partial476,000,0006.03%
At least 50% partial433,000,0005.48%
At least 60% partial391,000,0004.95%
At least 70% partial360,000,0004.56%
At least 80% partial286,000,0003.63%
At least 90% partial188,000,0002.39%
Totality or annularity42,600,0000.54%

* 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: March 25, 2024 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse