When is the next eclipse? Don’t miss this week’s “hybrid” total solar eclipse happening in the southern hemisphere. Occurring on April 20, 2023—but late on April 19 in North American time zones—the event will see some very remote areas of the world plunged into about a minute of darkness during the day as the Moon perfectly blocks the Sun.
The views of the Sun’s white outer atmosphere—its corona—as well as magnificent “diamond rings” as the final and first beads of sunlight are visible around the Moon—will be streamed live online from Western Australia, Timor Leste and West Papua.
The totality is part of a wider event called a “hybrid” or total-annular solar eclipse that will see a solid and beaded “ring of fire” visible at the extremes of the path of totality. Hybrid solar eclipses occur only seven times in the 21st century—and the next one is no until 2031.
When is the total solar eclipse?
The eclipse begins at 01:34 UTC and the total from 02:37 UTC through 05:56 UTC (use a Time Zone Converter or see below for times where you live) on April 20, 2023, though the best times to watch will be specific to the locations the eclipse is broadcast from.
However, the only confirmed livestreams are all from Exmouth in Western Australia, which will see totality at 03:29 UTC.
The always reliable timeanddate.com will bring to YouTube live footage of the total solar eclipse from its Mobile Observatory. The website’s CEO, Steffen Thorsen, will be at a site just south of Exmouth on Western Australia’s North West Cape with Matt Woods from Perth Observatory. This will be the sixth collaboration between the website and Perth Observatory on an eclipse live stream.
Expect real-time animations, maps, times, real-time progress reports and commentary—and a live blog here. Coverage begins 60 minutes before totality at 02:30 UTC on April 8, 2023.
Tourism Western Australia is partnering with the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC Observatory), an astronomical observatory in Gingin, an hour’s drive north of Perth in Western Australia, which will have cameras in Exmouth to capture totality. Coverage begins 30 minutes before totality at 03:00 UTC on April 8, 2023.
Although coverage times are not yet confirmed do check NASA TV because the space agency will be showing a livestream of totality from Exmouth in Western Australia, though likely just video with no commentary.
Exactly when to livestream the solar eclipse
Exmouth in Western Australia is destined to be the place where most livestreams of this eclipse originate from. So here’s the full schedule for that town, including local times and times for North America and Europe—so you know exactly when to tune in:
Partial solar eclipse begins
10:04 a.m. AWST (local time) on April 20, 2023
3:04 a.m. BST on April 20, 2023
4:04 a.m. CEST on April 20, 2023
10:04 p.m. EDT on April 19, 2023
Totality – a 60-second total eclipse of the Sun from Exmouth, Western Australia