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Flag for Bulgaria May 16, 2003 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Sofia, Bulgaria

Max view in Sofia
Friday, May 16, 2003 at 6:04 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Sofia: Partial Lunar Eclipse

Began: Fri, May 16, 2003 at 4:06 AM

Maximum: Fri, May 16, 2003 at 6:04 AM

Ended: Fri, May 16, 2003 at 9:13 AM

Duration: 5 hours, 7 minutes


May 16, 2003 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Sofia

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Animation: How the Partial Lunar Eclipse Looked

The total phase of this lunar eclipse was not visible in Sofia, 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

Start of partialMaxMoonset
5:03 AM May 166:04 AM May 166:07 AM May 16
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Local times for eclipse in Sofia on Friday, May 16, 2003

EventTime in SofiaDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 4:06:52 AM222°Southwest16.9°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 5:03:12 AM233°Southwest9.4°
Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to Southwest.
Maximal Eclipse visible in SofiaMay 16 at 6:04:37 AM243°West-southwest0.4°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Sofia 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 West-southwest for the best view of the eclipse.
MoonsetMay 16 at 6:07:47 AM244°West-southwest0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 6:14:27 AM245°West-southwest0.9° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 16 at 6:40:10 AM249°West-southwest5.9° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMay 16 at 7:05:51 AM253°West-southwest10.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsMay 16 at 8:17:05 AM264°West22.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 16 at 9:13:27 AM273°West32.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Times are local for Sofia (EEST – Eastern European Summer Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Sofia

Eclipse Visibility from SofiaVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
2000Jan 21LunarTotal
2001Jan 9 / Jan 10LunarTotal
2002Jun 24 / Jun 25LunarPenumbral
2002Nov 20LunarPenumbral
2003May 16LunarPartial
2003May 31SolarPartial
2003Nov 9LunarTotal
2004May 4 / May 5LunarTotal
2004Oct 28LunarTotal
2005Oct 3SolarPartial
2006Mar 14 / Mar 15LunarPenumbral
2006Mar 29SolarPartial
2006Sep 7LunarPartial
2007Mar 3 / Mar 4LunarTotal
2008Feb 21LunarTotal
2008Aug 1SolarPartial
2008Aug 16 / Aug 17LunarPartial
2009Feb 9LunarPenumbral
2009Aug 6LunarPenumbral
2009Dec 31LunarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Sofia, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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