Solar eclipse of December 14, 2020

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Solar eclipse of December 14, 2020
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration130 sec (2 m 10 s)
Coordinates40°18′S 67°54′W / 40.3°S 67.9°W / -40.3; -67.9
Max. width of band90 km (56 mi)
Times (UTC)
Greatest eclipse16:14:39
Saros142 (23 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000)9554

A total solar eclipse will occur on December 14, 2020. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide.

The path is similar to the solar eclipse of February 26, 2017. It will also take place just 17 months after the solar eclipse of July 2, 2019, which, like this one, will also be visible from Chile and Argentina. It is also a partial solar eclipse in Brazil.



Night landscape in La Araucanía, Chile

Totality will be visible in portions of Araucanía Region, Los Ríos Region, and a very small part of Bío Bío Region. Cities in the path include Temuco, Villarrica, and Pucón. Totality will also be visible on Mocha Island.

Time and coverage of darkness in the main cities and towns in Chile, in order from north to south:

Arauco Province, Biobío Region
Location % Coverage Time
Contulmo 98,61%
Tirúa 99,82%
Mocha Island 100% 57.2’’ Seconds
Malleco Province, Araucanía Region
Location % Coverage Time
Angol 97,33%
Purén 98,50%
Victoria 98,45%
Traiguén 98,83%
Curacautín 98,71%
Lonquimay 98,26%
Cautín Province, Araucanía Region
Location % Coverage Time
Lautaro 99,44%
Cholchol 99,95%
Vilcún 99,70%
Temuco 100% 29.8’’ Seconds
Cunco 100% 58.2’’ Seconds
Nueva Imperial 100% 1m 30’’ Minute
Carahue 100% 1m 38,8’’ Minute
Puerto Saavedra 100% 2m 2,1’’ Minutes
Teodoro Schmidt 100% 2m 8.5’’ Minutes
Toltén 100% 1m 55.5’’ Minute
Freire 100% 1m 55,6’’ Minute
Pitrufquén 100% 1m 59,8’’ Minute
Gorbea 100% 2m 08,4’’ Minutes
Lastarria 100% 2m 05,1’’ Minutes
Loncoche 100% 1m 50.6’’ Minute
Villarrica 100% 2m 08,7’’ Minutes
Las Chilcas 100% 2m 08.9’’ Minutes
Molco 100% 2m 08,6’’ Minutes
Pucón 100% 2m 07,9’’ Minutes
Caburgua Lake 100% 1m 57,4’’ Minutes
Palguín bajo 100% 2m 07.9’’ Minutes
Curarrehue 100% 2m 06,9’’ Minutes
Correntoso 100% 2m 08,7’’ Minutes
Lican Ray 100% 1m 53,6’’ Minute
Valdivia Province, Los Ríos Region
Location % Coverage Time
Lanco 100% 1m 18.1’’ Minute
Malalhue 100% 1m 12,4’’ Minute
Panguipulli 100% 41’’ Seconds
Calafquén 100% 1m 28.3’’ Minute
Coñaripe 100% 1m 46,3’’ Minute
Liquiñe 100% 1m 05,6’’ Minute
Choshuenco 99,85%
Puerto Fuy 99,88%
Mehuín 99,99%
San José de la Mariquina 99,94%
Valdivia 98,96%
Los Lagos 99,21%
Futrono 98,74%
Paillaco 98,46%
Río Bueno 97,49%
Lago Ranco 97,99%


Totality will also be visible across the Northern Patagonia Region, passing through cities including Junin de los Andes, San Martin de los Andes and San Carlos de Bariloche.


Animated path

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses of 2018-2021[edit]

This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.[1]

Note: Partial solar eclipses on February 15, 2018, and August 11, 2018, occur during the previous semester series.

Saros 142[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 142, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on April 17, 1624. It contains one hybrid eclipse on July 14, 1768, and total eclipses from July 25, 1786 through October 29, 2543. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on June 5, 2904. The longest duration of totality will be 6 minutes, 34 seconds on May 28, 2291. All eclipses in this series occurs at the Moon’s descending node.[2]

Metonic cycle[edit]

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition, the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days). All eclipses in this table occur at the Moon's descending node.



  1. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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