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December 25–26, 2038 Total Solar Eclipse

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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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Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 72.5 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 25 at 22:19:41Dec 25 at 5:19:41 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 25 at 23:18:03Dec 25 at 6:18:03 pm
Maximum EclipseDec 26 at 00:59:00Dec 25 at 7:59:00 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 26 at 02:39:49Dec 25 at 9:39:49 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 26 at 03:38:19Dec 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. This eclipse isn't visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Dec 15, 2039

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Australia
Total Solar Eclipse
6:22 am 1:13 pm LHDT1h, 2m, 30s
New Zealand
Total Solar Eclipse
12:44 pm NZDT4:03 pm NZDT11m, 43s
American Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:10 pm SST4:14 pm SST---
Antarctica
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:02 am DDUT11:50 am DDUT---
Brunei
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:25 am MYT7:53 am MYT---
Cambodia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 am ICT6:46 am ICT---
Chile
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:38 pm EASST9:12 pm EASST---
Christmas Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 am CXT7:15 am CXT---
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:37 am CCT6:45 am CCT---
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:11 pm CKT5:31 pm CKT---
East Timor
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am WITA8:23 am WITA---
Fiji
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:05 pm TOT2:59 pm FJT---
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:21 pm TAHT5:38 pm TAHT---
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:25 am TFT5:23 am TFT---
India
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:24 am IST5:27 am IST---
Indonesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 am WIB9:37 am WIT---
Kiribati
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:41 pm LINT5:33 pm LINT---
Laos
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:12 am ICT6:36 am ICT---
Malaysia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 am WITA8:01 am MYT---
Myanmar
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:40 am ICT6:21 am MMT---
New Caledonia
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:32 am NCT1:35 pm NCT---
Niue
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:56 pm NUT4:15 pm NUT---
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:37 am NFDT2:34 pm NFDT---
Palau
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am 8:47 am ---
Papua New Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:42 am WIT11:07 am PGT---
Philippines
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:30 am 7:50 am ---
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 pm PST7:31 pm PST---
Samoa
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:08 pm WST4:06 pm WST---
Singapore
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am SGT8:00 am SGT---
Solomon Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:39 am SBT12:52 pm SBT---
Thailand
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:19 am MYT6:55 am ICT---
Tokelau
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:32 pm TKT3:54 pm TKT---
Tonga
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:32 pm TOT4:08 pm TOT---
Tuvalu
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:21 pm TVT2:17 pm TVT---
Vanuatu
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:52 am VUT1:27 pm VUT---
Vietnam
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:59 am ICT6:49 am ICT---
Wallis and Futuna
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:53 pm WFT2:52 pm WFT---

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.) "Totality duration" gives the time between the start and finish of totality within the entire country (not at one location).

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse577,000,0006.64%
At least 10% partial443,000,0005.10%
At least 20% partial363,000,0004.18%
At least 30% partial338,000,0003.89%
At least 40% partial291,000,0003.35%
At least 50% partial246,000,0002.84%
At least 60% partial183,000,0002.11%
At least 70% partial27,100,0000.31%
At least 80% partial23,900,0000.28%
At least 90% partial13,500,0000.16%
Totality or annularity729,0000.008%

* 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 second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: December 11, 2038 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse