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Flag for Australia September 17, 1978 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sunday, September 17, 1978 at 5:04 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Melbourne: Total Lunar Eclipse

Began: Sun, Sep 17, 1978 at 2:22 AM

Maximum: Sun, Sep 17, 1978 at 5:04 AM

Ended: Sun, Sep 17, 1978 at 7:46 AM

Duration: 5 hours, 24 minutes


September 17, 1978 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Melbourne

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This total lunar eclipse was fully visible in Melbourne. The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the moon turns red.

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

Start of partialMaxMoonset
3:20 AM Sep 175:04 AM Sep 176:21 AM Sep 17
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Local times for eclipse in Melbourne on Sunday, September 17, 1978

EventTime in MelbourneDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsSep 17 at 2:22:18 AM311°Northwest42.8°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Partial Eclipse beginsSep 17 at 3:20:36 AM297°West-northwest33.4°
Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
Total Eclipse beginsSep 17 at 4:24:52 AM285°West-northwest21.8°
Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.
Maximum EclipseSep 17 at 5:04:14 AM279°West14.4°
Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.
Total Eclipse endsSep 17 at 5:43:30 AM273°West6.9°
Total moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West.
MoonsetSep 17 at 6:21:35 AM268°West0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsSep 17 at 6:47:46 AM264°West5.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsSep 17 at 7:46:11 AM255°West-southwest16.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Times are local for Melbourne (AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time).

This eclipse is in progress during moonrise or moonset, so only parts of the eclipse are visible in Melbourne.

The animation's bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.

Eclipses visible in Melbourne

Eclipse Visibility from MelbourneVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
1970Feb 21LunarPenumbral
1970Sep 1SolarPartial
1971Feb 10LunarPartial
1971Aug 7LunarTotal
1971Aug 21SolarPartial
1972Jan 30 / Jan 31LunarTotal
1972Jul 26LunarPartial
1973Jun 16LunarPenumbral
1973Jul 15LunarPenumbral
1974Jun 5LunarPartial
1974Jun 20SolarPartial
1974Nov 29 / Nov 30LunarTotal
1975May 25LunarPartial
1976May 14LunarPartial
1976Oct 23SolarTotal
1977Sep 27LunarPenumbral
1978Mar 24 / Mar 25LunarTotal
1978Sep 17LunarTotal
1979Mar 14LunarPartial
1979Sep 6LunarTotal
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