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.
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 22:19:41||Dec 25 at 5:19:41 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Dec 25 at 23:18:03||Dec 25 at 6:18:03 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 26 at 00:59:00||Dec 25 at 7:59:00 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Dec 26 at 02:39:49||Dec 25 at 9:39:49 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Dec 26 at 03:38:19||Dec 25 at 10:38:19 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.
How Many People Can See This Eclipse?
|Number of People Seeing...||Number of People*||Fraction of World Population|
|Any part of the eclipse||515,000,000||6.52%|
|At least 10% partial||395,000,000||5.01%|
|At least 20% partial||323,000,000||4.10%|
|At least 30% partial||301,000,000||3.82%|
|At least 40% partial||259,000,000||3.29%|
|At least 50% partial||220,000,000||2.79%|
|At least 60% partial||163,000,000||2.07%|
|At least 70% partial||24,100,000||0.31%|
|At least 80% partial||21,400,000||0.27%|
|At least 90% partial||12,100,000||0.15%|
|Totality or annularity||651,000||0.01%|
* 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.
This is the second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: December 11, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse