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December 15, 2039 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 Africa, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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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. This calculation uses a Delta T value of 72.8 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 15 at 14:17:45Dec 15 at 9:17:45 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 15 at 15:47:23Dec 15 at 10:47:23 am
Maximum EclipseDec 15 at 16:22:33Dec 15 at 11:22:33 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 15 at 16:57:33Dec 15 at 11:57:33 am
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 15 at 18:27:13Dec 15 at 1:27:13 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 Apr 30, 2041

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
4:11 am NZDT7:03 am NZDT
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:42 pm CLST2:17 pm ART
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:43 am 3:45 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:35 pm CLST2:16 pm CLST
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:06 pm FKST2:15 pm FKST
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 am GAMT5:35 am TAHT
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:51 am NZDT5:37 am NZDT
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:20 am PST7:17 am PST
Saint Helena
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:42 pm GMT6:06 pm GMT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:51 pm SAST7:54 pm SAST
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:25 pm GST4:05 pm GST

All times shown in this table are local time. (Note: more than one time zone is listed.)

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
Any part of the eclipse10,100,0000.12%
At least 10% partial37,7000.0004%
At least 20% partial11500.00001%
At least 30% partial6150.000007%
At least 40% partial--
At least 50% partial--
At least 60% partial--
At least 70% partial--
At least 80% partial--
At least 90% partial--
Totality or annularity--

* 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: November 30, 2039 — Partial Lunar Eclipse