September 3, 2081 Total Solar Eclipse
What the Eclipse Will Look Like Near the Maximum Point
The animation shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point.
Where to See the Eclipse
Try our new interactive eclipse maps. Zoom in and search for accurate eclipse times and visualizations for any location.
Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: Europe, Much of Asia, West in Australia, Much of Africa, North in North America, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.
Eclipse Shadow Path
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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Sep 3 at 06:31:28||Sep 3 at 2:31:28 am|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Sep 3 at 07:26:49||Sep 3 at 3:26:49 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||Sep 3 at 09:04:55||Sep 3 at 5:04:55 am|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Sep 3 at 10:43:03||Sep 3 at 6:43:03 am|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Sep 3 at 11:38:22||Sep 3 at 7:38:22 am|
* 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.
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.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: September 18, 2081 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Find Eclipses in Your City
Eclipses in 2081
- Mar 10, 2081 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Mar 24–25, 2081 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 3, 2081 – Total Solar Eclipse (this page)
- Sep 17–18, 2081 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse
Protect Your Eyes
- Never Look Directly at the Sun
- Simple Pinhole Projector
- Eclipse Projector in a Box
- Binoculars / Telescope Projector