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December 16–17, 2047 Partial 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 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 74.9 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 16 at 21:53:35Dec 16 at 4:53:35 pm
Maximum EclipseDec 16 at 23:48:59Dec 16 at 6:48:59 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 17 at 01:44:23Dec 16 at 8:44:23 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 Partial Solar Eclipse will be on Nov 14, 2050

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:10 am DAVT10:13 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:46 pm ART10:09 pm ART
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:00 am 10:19 am
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:46 pm CLST10:24 pm CLST
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:47 pm FKST9:21 pm FKST
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:05 am TFT4:31 am TFT

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 eclipse3,280,0000.04%
At least 10% partial1,880,0000.02%
At least 20% partial1,230,0000.01%
At least 30% partial968,0000.01%
At least 40% partial785,0000.008%
At least 50% partial656,0000.007%
At least 60% partial190,0000.002%
At least 70% partial--
At least 80% partial--

* 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 first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: January 1, 2048 — Total Lunar Eclipse