If you possibly can, you should definitely try to get in a position to see the total eclipse, since this is the most spectacular astronomical phenomenon you will ever see! If that's not possible, though, the partial eclipse will still be a spectacular event, and well worth seeing. This page give the low-down on what you can expect to see, and where.

Please remember that a partial solar eclipse is never safe to look at with the naked eye. At all times you must use proper solar viewing protection. For more information, see our eye safety page.

Introduction

The partial eclipse as a whole will begin at 07:40:52 UT, and end at 11:50:13 UT. When you will be able to see it, and how deep an eclipse you will see, depend on where you are.


The eclipse coverage, based on the NASA eclipse dataGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. (NASA Goddard Space flight Center)
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
. Green areas see a partial eclipse; the red band sees the total eclipse.

As you can see from the map, the partial eclipse will be visible from the whole of Europe, North Africa, and most of Russia. The blue lines running across the map show how deep an eclipse can be seen in various places. So, for example, north-western Spain will see an eclipse covering 0.8, or 80% of the Sun; whereas southern Greece will see a 40% eclipse.

The Atlantic

Both the Cape Verde islands and the Azores will see the partial eclipse begin as the Sun rises; Madeira and the Canaries will see the partial eclipse start just after sunrise. You will, of course, need a clear view of the eastern horizon to see this.

The following table shows the timings of the eclipse at various places; "Coverage" is the percentage of the Sun's diameter which will be covered at maximum eclipse:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Horta, Azores sunrise 08:50 UT 79% 09:50 UT
Funchal, Madeira 07:49 UT 08:45 UT 65% 09:47 UT
La Palma, Canaries 07:45 UT 08:39 UT 57% 09:38 UT
Mindelo, Cape Verdes sunrise 08:21 UT 30% 09:04 UT

Greenland, Iceland

The southernmost tip of Greenland will see an eclipse covering 97% of the Sun's diameter; the Sun will rise eclipsed, and then the eclipse will peak at 09:24 UT, and end at 10:21 UT.

Iceland has a splendid view of the partial eclipse. Reykjavik will see 97% of the Sun's diameter covered; but the deepest eclipse will be in the south-east, where over 99% of the Sun will be covered. This will be a truly spectacular sight, beaten only by the total eclipse itself, passing just a few miles out to sea.

The following table shows the detailed timings at various places; "Coverage" is the percentage of the Sun's diameter which will be covered at maximum eclipse:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Tasiilaq sunrise 09:35 UT 94% 10:34 UT
Reykjavik 08:38 UT 09:37 UT 97% 10:39 UT
Akureyri 08:41 UT 09:41 UT 98% 10:44 UT
Dj├║pivogur 08:41 UT 09:42 UT 99% 10:45 UT

Great Britain

Britain is tantalisingly close to the total eclipse, but sadly just misses it. The best view is in the north-west, with both the Outer Hebrides and the Shetlands being close to the eclipse path, and seeing 97% of the Sun's diameter covered.

Farther south the view is still impressive. Inverness sees a 96% eclipse; Birmingham, 89%; and even in Poole, on the south coast, 87% of the Sun's diameter will be covered at maximum eclipse.

The following table summarises the circumstances at various places; "Coverage" is the percentage of the Sun's diameter which will be covered at maximum eclipse. As you will see, the timings of the eclipse change by only a few minutes across Great Britain, so it should be relatively easy to guesstimate the times at your location to within a minute or two:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Stornoway 08:32 UT 09:36 UT 97% 10:43 UT
Lerwick 08:39 UT 09:43 UT 97% 10:51 UT
Thurso 08:35 UT 09:39 UT 96% 10:46 UT
Inverness 08:32 UT 09:37 UT 96% 10:44 UT
Oban 08:30 UT 09:34 UT 95% 10:42 UT
Edinburgh 08:30 UT 09:35 UT 94% 10:44 UT
Newcastle 08:30 UT 09:35 UT 92% 10:44 UT
Leeds 08:28 UT 09:33 UT 90% 10:42 UT
Birmingham 08:25 UT 09:31 UT 89% 10:40 UT
Cardiff 08:23 UT 09:28 UT 89% 10:37 UT
London 08:25 UT 09:31 UT 87% 10:41 UT
Poole 08:22 UT 09:28 UT 87% 10:38 UT
Penzance 08:19 UT 09:24 UT 88% 10:33 UT

Ireland

Since the eclipse path is passing to the north-west of the Isles, the Emerald Isle is well placed for good views of the event. The following table summarises the circumstances at various places in Ireland; again, the circumstances change only a little across the island, so interpolating for your location should be easy:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Londonderry 08:26 UT 09:30 UT 95% 10:38 UT
Belfast 08:26 UT 09:30 UT 94% 10:39 UT
Galway 08:22 UT 09:26 UT 94% 10:34 UT
Dublin 08:24 UT 09:28 UT 92% 10:37 UT
Limerick 08:22 UT 09:25 UT 93% 10:33 UT
Cork 08:20 UT 09:24 UT 92% 10:32 UT

Europe, North Africa

All of Europe will see the partial eclipse, but less dramatically so (excepting Scandinavia, below). The north-west of Europe is best placed, but the whole of Europe will see a deep partial eclipse.

North-west Africa also sees an impressive eclipse, with 62% of the Sun covered in Casablanca; the eclipse diminishes towards the south and east, however, so just 22% of the Sun is covered in Dakar, and just 14% in Cairo. South of Liberia / Nigeria / Sudan, no eclipse is visible.

The following table shows the circumstances at various places:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Lisbon 07:59 UT 09:01 UT 73% 10:08 UT
Madrid 08:05 UT 09:09 UT 73% 10:18 UT
Paris 08:22 UT 09:29 UT 82% 10:40 UT
Zurich 08:26 UT 09:34 UT 75% 10:46 UT
Rome 08:24 UT 09:31 UT 62% 10:43 UT
Berlin 08:39 UT 09:47 UT 79% 10:58 UT
Athens 08:40 UT 09:44 UT 42% 10:49 UT
Warsaw 08:48 UT 09:57 UT 72% 11:07 UT
Kiev 09:00 UT 10:08 UT 61% 11:16 UT
Casablanca 07:54 UT 08:53 UT 62% 09:59 UT
Algiers 08:06 UT 09:10 UT 61% 10:20 UT
Tunis 08:15 UT 09:20 UT 55% 10:29 UT
Tripoli 08:16 UT 09:18 UT 43% 10:24 UT

Scandinavia, Russia

Norway and Sweden are close to the eclipse path, and will see a deep partial eclipse; a progressively smaller eclipse is seen farther south and east. The following table shows the circumstances at various places:

Place Start Maximum Coverage End
Bergen 08:43 UT 09:49 UT 94% 10:57 UT
Gothenburg 08:45 UT 09:52 UT 87% 11:02 UT
Narvik 09:02 UT 10:07 UT 95% 11:12 UT
Helsinki 09:00 UT 10:08 UT 81% 11:16 UT
Moscow 09:13 UT 10:20 UT 65% 11:26 UT
Murmansk 09:14 UT 10:18 UT 89% 11:22 UT
Rostov-on-Don 09:16 UT 10:20 UT 45% 11:22 UT
Yekaterinburg 09:45 UT 10:45 UT 53% 11:42 UT