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August 12, 2026 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: Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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||Aug 12 at 15:34:10||Aug 12 at 11:34:10 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Aug 12 at 16:58:02||Aug 12 at 12:58:02 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 12 at 17:46:01||Aug 12 at 1:46:01 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Aug 12 at 18:34:04||Aug 12 at 2:34:04 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Aug 12 at 19:57:52||Aug 12 at 3:57:52 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.
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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: August 28, 2026 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
Find Eclipses in Your City
Eclipses in 2026
- Feb 17, 2026 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Mar 3, 2026 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 12, 2026 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Aug 27–28, 2026 — Partial Lunar 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
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