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December 5, 2048 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, Much of 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 75.1 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginDec 5 at 13:00:34Dec 5 at 8:00:34 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginDec 5 at 13:58:36Dec 5 at 8:58:36 am
Maximum EclipseDec 5 at 15:34:11Dec 5 at 10:34:11 am
Last location to see the full eclipse endDec 5 at 17:09:47Dec 5 at 12:09:47 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endDec 5 at 18:07:47Dec 5 at 1:07:47 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 Nov 25, 2049

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse
10:41 am CLST1:55 pm ART
Total Solar Eclipse
6:11 pm SAST7:20 pm SAST
Total Solar Eclipse
8:06 am EASST1:32 pm CLST
Total Solar Eclipse
6:09 pm SAST7:43 pm CAT
Saint Helena
Total Solar Eclipse
3:36 pm GMT6:06 pm GMT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:19 pm WAT6:37 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:27 am 1:50 pm
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:50 am BOT12:22 pm BOT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:10 am UYT3:46 pm FNT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:45 pm WAT6:12 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:35 pm WAT6:16 pm WAT
Congo Democratic Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:22 pm CAT6:15 pm WAT
Equatorial Guinea
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:46 pm WAT6:34 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:10 pm SAST6:38 pm SAST
Falkland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:12 am FKST1:47 pm FKST
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:06 am GAMT4:59 am TAHT
French Southern Territories
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:59 pm TFT9:14 pm TFT
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:39 pm WAT6:20 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:08 pm SAST7:01 pm SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:10 pm CAT6:33 pm SAST
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:00 pm WAT6:27 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:06 am ART1:51 pm PYST
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:43 am PET10:40 am PET
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:22 am PST6:57 am PST
Sao Tome and Principe
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:49 pm GMT5:28 pm GMT
South Africa
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:59 pm SAST7:47 pm SAST
South Georgia/Sandwich Is.
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:47 pm GST3:10 pm GST
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:06 am UYT2:02 pm BRT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:18 pm CAT5:53 pm WAT
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:14 pm SAST6:43 pm CAT

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 eclipse585,000,0006.28%
At least 10% partial380,000,0004.09%
At least 20% partial280,000,0003.01%
At least 30% partial207,000,0002.23%
At least 40% partial173,000,0001.86%
At least 50% partial135,000,0001.46%
At least 60% partial81,000,0000.87%
At least 70% partial33,000,0000.35%
At least 80% partial10,100,0000.11%
At least 90% partial4,010,0000.04%
Totality or annularity403,0000.004%

* 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: December 20, 2048 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse