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December 25–26, 2038 — 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: South in Asia, Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
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||Dec 25 at 22:19:29||Dec 25 at 5:19:29 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Dec 25 at 23:17:51||Dec 25 at 6:17:51 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 26 at 00:58:46||Dec 25 at 7:58:46 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Dec 26 at 02:39:38||Dec 25 at 9:39:38 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Dec 26 at 03:38:05||Dec 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.
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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: December 11, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2038
- Jan 5, 2038 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 16–17, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2038 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 11–12, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 25 / Dec 26, 2038 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27–28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar 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
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector