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May 20, 2050 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/West South America, Pacific, 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 75.5 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMay 20 at 18:21:17May 20 at 2:21:17 pm
First location to see the full eclipse beginMay 20 at 19:47:34May 20 at 3:47:34 pm
Maximum EclipseMay 20 at 20:41:40May 20 at 4:41:40 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMay 20 at 21:35:46May 20 at 5:35:46 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMay 20 at 23:02:04May 20 at 7:02:04 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.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Eclipses visible in Washington DC.

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Mar 30, 2052.

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStartEndTotality Duration
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:24 pm ART6:55 pm ART---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:23 pm BOT5:18 pm PET---
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:48 pm EAST4:53 pm EAST---
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:34 am CKT10:36 am CKT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:03 am FJT7:18 am FJT---
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:34 am TAHT12:55 pm GAMT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:05 am LINT10:31 am LINT---
New Zealand
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am NZST8:34 am NZST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:50 am NUT8:47 am NUT---
Norfolk Island
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:27 am NFT6:36 am NFT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:29 pm PYT5:37 pm PYT---
Partial Solar Eclipse
4:33 pm PET5:45 pm PET---
Pitcairn Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
10:57 am PST2:22 pm PST---
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 am TOT8:41 am TOT---

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 eclipse93,500,0000.96%
At least 10% partial45,100,0000.46%
At least 20% partial34,700,0000.36%
At least 30% partial28,600,0000.29%
At least 40% partial22,000,0000.23%
At least 50% partial7,220,0000.07%
At least 60% partial3,980,0000.04%
At least 70% partial203,0000.002%
At least 80% partial260.0000002%
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: May 6–7, 2050 — Total Lunar Eclipse