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Flag for French Polynesia February 20, 2008 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Taiohae, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Taiohae: Total Lunar Eclipse

Began: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Maximum: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Ended: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Duration: 5 hours, 39 minutes


February 20, 2008 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Taiohae

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This total lunar eclipse was fully visible in Taiohae. 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

MoonriseMaxEnd of partial
6:09 PM Feb 206:11 PM Feb 207:38 PM Feb 20
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Local times for eclipse in Taiohae on Wednesday, February 20, 2008

EventTime in TaiohaeDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsFeb 20 at 3:06:36 PM83°East43.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsFeb 20 at 4:13:19 PM82°East28.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsFeb 20 at 5:31:10 PM81°East9.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseFeb 20 at 5:56:07 PM80°East2.4° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
MoonriseFeb 20 at 6:09:45 PM79°East0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximal Eclipse visible in TaiohaeFeb 20 at 6:11:52 PM79°East0.4°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Taiohae 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 for the best view of the eclipse.
Total Eclipse endsFeb 20 at 6:20:54 PM79°East2.3°
Total moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East.
Partial Eclipse endsFeb 20 at 7:38:45 PM75°East-northeast20.4°
Partial moon eclipse ends.
Penumbral Eclipse endsFeb 20 at 8:45:36 PM71°East-northeast35.9°
The Earth's penumbra ends.
Times are local for Taiohae (MART – Marquesas Time).

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

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

Eclipses and Transits Visible in Taiohae

Eclipse Visibility From TaiohaeVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2000Jan 20LunarTotal
2000Jul 16LunarTotal
2001Jul 5LunarPartial
2001Dec 14SolarPartial
2001Dec 29 / Dec 30LunarPenumbral
2002May 26LunarPenumbral
2003May 15LunarTotal
2004Oct 27LunarTotal
2005Apr 8SolarPartial
2005Apr 23 / Apr 24LunarPenumbral
2005Oct 17LunarPartial
2006Nov 8MercuryTransit
2007Aug 27 / Aug 28LunarTotal
2008Feb 20LunarTotal
2009Feb 9LunarPenumbral
2009Jul 6 / Jul 7LunarPenumbral
Note: Click on the date link for details in Taiohae, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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