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December 25–26, 2038 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: South in Asia, Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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.

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 beginDec 25 at 22:19:29Dec 25 at 5:19:29 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 25 at 23:17:51Dec 25 at 6:17:51 pm
Maximum EclipseDec 26 at 00:58:46Dec 25 at 7:58:46 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 26 at 02:39:38Dec 25 at 9:39:38 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 26 at 03:38:05Dec 25 at 10:38:05 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 Dec 15, 2039.

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: December 11, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse