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August 12, 2026 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: Europe, North in Asia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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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 beginAug 12 at 15:34:15Aug 12 at 11:34:15 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginAug 12 at 16:58:09Aug 12 at 12:58:09 pm
Maximum EclipseAug 12 at 17:46:06Aug 12 at 1:46:06 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endAug 12 at 18:34:07Aug 12 at 2:34:07 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endAug 12 at 19:57:57Aug 12 at 3:57:57 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 2, 2027.

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse936,000,00011.86%
At least 10% partial744,000,0009.43%
At least 20% partial682,000,0008.64%
At least 30% partial641,000,0008.12%
At least 40% partial599,000,0007.59%
At least 50% partial575,000,0007.29%
At least 60% partial555,000,0007.03%
At least 70% partial537,000,0006.81%
At least 80% partial497,000,0006.30%
At least 90% partial270,000,0003.43%
Totality or annularity14,500,0000.18%

* 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: August 28, 2026 — Partial Lunar Eclipse