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Flag for Botswana May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Gaborone, Botswana

Max view in Gaborone
Wednesday, May 3, 1939 at 5:50 PM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Gaborone: Partial Lunar Eclipse

Began: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 2:24 PM

Maximum: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 5:50 PM

Ended: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 7:58 PM

Duration: 5 hours, 34 minutes


May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Gaborone

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Animation: How the Partial Lunar Eclipse Looked

The total phase of this lunar eclipse was not visible in Gaborone, but it could be observed there as a partial lunar eclipse. The Earth's shadow covered a large portion of the Moon, so this was still a nice sight.

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

MoonriseMaxEnd of partial
5:47 PM May 35:50 PM May 36:54 PM May 3
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Local times for eclipse in Gaborone on Wednesday, May 3, 1939

EventTime in GaboroneDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 2:24:33 PM136°Southeast39.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 3:27:45 PM124°Southeast28.4° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 4:40:06 PM114°East-southeast14.5° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 3 at 5:11:21 PM110°East-southeast8.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMay 3 at 5:42:28 PM107°East-southeast0.9° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
MoonriseMay 3 at 5:47:57 PM107°East-southeast0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximal Eclipse visible in GaboroneMay 3 at 5:50:19 PM106°East-southeast0.4°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Gaborone would be around this time.
Since the Moon is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to East-southeast for the best view of the eclipse.
Partial Eclipse endsMay 3 at 6:54:48 PM100°East13.8°
Partial moon eclipse ends.
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 3 at 7:58:08 PM95°East27.7°
The Earth's penumbra ends.
Times are local for Gaborone (CAT – Central Africa Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Gaborone

Eclipse Visibility from GaboroneVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
1930Apr 13LunarPenumbral
1930Oct 7LunarPartial
1931Apr 2 / Apr 3LunarTotal
1931Sep 26 / Sep 27LunarTotal
1932Sep 14 / Sep 15LunarPartial
1933Feb 24SolarPartial
1933Mar 12LunarPenumbral
1933Aug 5LunarPenumbral
1933Sep 4LunarPenumbral
1934Jan 30LunarPartial
1934Aug 10SolarPartial
1935Jan 19LunarPartial
1935Jul 16LunarTotal
1936Jan 8LunarTotal
1936Jul 4LunarPartial
1936Dec 28LunarPenumbral
1938May 29SolarPartial
1938Nov 7 / Nov 8LunarTotal
1939May 3LunarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Gaborone, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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