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Flag for South Africa May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town, South Africa

Max view in Cape Town
Wednesday, May 3, 1939 at 6:07 PM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse


Cape Town: Partial Lunar Eclipse


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

Maximum: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 6:07 PM

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


Duration: 5 hours, 34 minutes

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May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town

Animation: How the Partial Lunar Eclipse Looked

The total phase of this lunar eclipse was not visible in Cape Town, but it could be observed there as a partial lunar eclipse.

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

MoonriseMaxEnd of partial
6:04 PM May 36:07 PM May 36:54 PM May 3
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Local times for eclipse in Cape Town on Wednesday, May 3, 1939

EventTime in Cape TownDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 2:24 PM148°South-southeast35.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 3:27 PM134°Southeast27.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 4:40 PM120°East-southeast16.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 3 at 5:11 PM116°East-southeast10.5° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMay 3 at 5:42 PM111°East-southeast3.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
MoonriseMay 3 at 6:04 PM108°East-southeast0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximal Eclipse visible in Cape TownMay 3 at 6:07 PM108°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 Cape Town 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 PM102°East-southeast9.3°
Partial moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-southeast.
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 3 at 7:58 PM94°East21.9°
The Earth's penumbra ends.
Times are local for Cape Town (SAST – South Africa Standard Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Cape Town

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

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