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May 3, 2106 Total Solar Eclipse

This eclipse is visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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: North/West Europe, North in Asia, North/West Africa, North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.

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This eclipse is visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

Eclipse Shadow Path

Portion of Sun covered by the Moon (Eclipse obscuration)

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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 96.5 seconds.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*
First location to see the partial eclipse beginMay 3 at 15:43:42May 3 at 11:43:42 am
First location to see the full eclipse beginMay 3 at 16:43:54May 3 at 12:43:54 pm
Maximum EclipseMay 3 at 18:17:43May 3 at 2:17:43 pm
Last location to see the full eclipse endMay 3 at 19:51:27May 3 at 3:51:27 pm
Last location to see the partial eclipse endMay 3 at 20:51:36May 3 at 4:51:36 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. See the actual times the eclipse is visible in Washington DC.

Upcoming eclipses visible in Washington DC

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Oct 16, 2107

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

Countries Where the Eclipse Is Visible

CountryTypeStart of EclipseEnd of Eclipse
Canada
Total Solar Eclipse
9:46 am PDT6:07 pm NDT
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Total Solar Eclipse
4:17 pm PMDT6:35 pm PMDT
United States
Total Solar Eclipse
5:52 am HST4:30 pm EDT
Algeria
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:02 pm CET8:09 pm WEST
Andorra
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:50 pm CEST8:53 pm CEST
Anguilla
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:04 pm AST4:15 pm AST
Antigua and Barbuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:11 pm AST4:14 pm AST
Belgium
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:43 pm CEST9:12 pm CEST
Belize
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:35 am CST2:21 pm EST
Bermuda
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:19 pm ADT5:37 pm ADT
British Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:01 pm AST4:14 pm AST
Cabo Verde
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:24 pm CVT7:01 pm CVT
Caribbean Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:10 pm AST4:11 pm AST
Cayman Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:05 pm EST2:46 pm EST
Cook Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:35 am CKT7:03 am CKT
Cuba
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:41 pm CDT4:01 pm CDT
Denmark
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:39 pm CEST9:10 pm CEST
Dominica
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:30 pm AST4:00 pm AST
Dominican Republic
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:38 pm AST4:07 pm AST
El Salvador
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:56 am CST12:46 pm CST
Faroe Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:35 pm WEST9:06 pm WEST
Finland
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:30 pm EEST10:38 pm EEST
France
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:44 pm CEST9:36 pm CEST
French Polynesia
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:31 am MART7:24 am MART
Germany
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:40 pm CEST9:03 pm CEST
Gibraltar
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:56 pm CEST9:08 pm CEST
Greenland
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:04 pm ADT7:17 pm
Guadeloupe
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:21 pm AST4:08 pm AST
Guatemala
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:27 am CST1:16 pm CST
Guernsey
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 pm BST8:29 pm BST
Haiti
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:33 pm EDT4:03 pm EDT
Honduras
Partial Solar Eclipse
11:52 am CST1:22 pm CST
Iceland
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:28 pm GMT8:08 pm GMT
Ireland
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:40 pm IST9:16 pm IST
Isle of Man
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:41 pm BST8:54 pm BST
Jamaica
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:24 pm EST2:44 pm EST
Jersey
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:45 pm BST8:26 pm BST
Kiribati
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:13 am LINT7:28 am LINT
Luxembourg
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:44 pm CEST8:55 pm CEST
Mauritania
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:05 pm GMT7:32 pm GMT
Mexico
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:11 am MST2:39 pm EST
Montserrat
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:17 pm AST4:08 pm AST
Morocco
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:56 pm WEST8:33 pm WEST
Netherlands
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:42 pm CEST9:10 pm CEST
Nicaragua
Partial Solar Eclipse
12:30 pm CST12:46 pm CST
Norway
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:28 pm CEST9:53 pm CEST
Portugal
Partial Solar Eclipse
6:49 pm AZOST8:46 pm AZOST
Puerto Rico
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:57 pm AST4:10 pm AST
Russia
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:12 am PETT9:24 pm CEST
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:12 pm AST4:10 pm AST
Saint Martin
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:07 pm AST4:14 pm AST
Senegal
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:21 pm GMT7:26 pm GMT
Sint Maarten
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:07 pm AST4:13 pm AST
Spain
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:50 pm CEST8:48 pm WEST
St. Barts
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:08 pm AST4:13 pm AST
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Partial Solar Eclipse
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Sweden
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:31 pm CEST9:46 pm CEST
The Bahamas
Partial Solar Eclipse
1:51 pm EDT4:13 pm EDT
Turks and Caicos Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
2:27 pm EDT4:11 pm EDT
US Minor Outlying Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
5:34 am 2:49 pm
US Virgin Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:02 pm AST4:11 pm AST
United Kingdom
Partial Solar Eclipse
7:37 pm BST9:16 pm BST
Venezuela
Partial Solar Eclipse
3:29 pm VET3:53 pm VET
Western Sahara
Partial Solar Eclipse
8:05 pm WEST8:33 pm WEST
Åland Islands
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:36 pm EEST9:40 pm EEST

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

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: May 17–18, 2106 — Partial Lunar Eclipse