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Partial Solar Eclipse on February 15

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Partial solar eclipse from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on October 23, 2014, via Doug Waters

14 February 2018

By Bruce McClure

The new moon will take a bite out of the solar disk to stage a partial eclipse of the sun on February 15, 2018. This eclipse is visible from southern South America (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, far-southern Brazil and far-southern Paraguay), Antarctica, and the far-southern extremities of the South Pacific and South Atlantic oceans. If you’re in a position to watch this eclipse, remember to use proper eye protection.

On a worldwide scale, the partial eclipse of the sun starts at sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean, and then the moon’s penumbral shadow moves eastward across the globe, to finally end at sunset nearly four hours later over the South Atlantic Ocean.

Partial solar eclipse from Austin, Texas

Flickr user Mrlaugh caught this partial solar eclipse near sunset on May 20, 2012, from Austin, Texas

The animation and map below help illustrate the February 15 eclipse path. In the animation, every place within the moving gray shadow can see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

The animation helps illustrate this eclipse, whereby every place within the gray shadow can see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

From South America, this partial solar eclipse happens in the late afternoon on February 15, placing the sun low in the west at eclipse time. The farther south you live in South America, the deeper the partial solar eclipse.

Map of February 15, 2018 partial solar eclipse via

You can find out local standard times of the eclipse for many more localities at (or, if applicable, the local summer times) at

For your convenience, we also list the local times of the eclipse – plus eclipse magnitude (percentage of the sun’s diameter covered over by the moon) and eclipse obscuration (percentage of solar disk eclipsed by the moon) – below:

Eclipse times for South America (February 15, 2018)

Santiago, Chile
Partial eclipse begins: 18:49 (6:49 p.m.) local summer time
Maximum (greatest) eclipse: 19:16 (7:16 p.m.) local summer time
Partial eclipse ends: 19:42 (7:42 p.m.) local summer time
Eclipse magnitude: 16.5%
Eclipse obscuration: 7.7%

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Partial eclipse begins: 18:37 (6:37 p.m.) local standard time
Maximum (greatest) eclipse: 19:13 (7:13 p.m.) local standard time
Partial eclipse ends: 19:47 (7:47 p.m.) local standard time
Eclipse magnitude: 7.6%
Eclipse obscuration: 2.4%

Stanley, Falkland Islands
Partial eclipse begins: 17:46 (5:46 p.m.) local summer time
Maximum (greatest eclipse): 18:42 (6:42 p.m.) local summer time
Partial eclipse ends: 19:34 (7:34 p.m.) local summer time
Eclipse magnitude: 39.8%
Eclipse magnitude: 27.7%

Source: and

Map showing varying degrees of eclipse obscuration via Fernado de Gorocica.

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