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Flag for South Africa February 21, 2008 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town, South Africa

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Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:26 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Cape Town: Total Lunar Eclipse

Began: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 2:36 AM

Maximum: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 5:26 AM

Ended: Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Duration: 5 hours, 39 minutes


February 21, 2008 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town

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This total lunar eclipse was fully visible in Cape Town. 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
3:43 AM Feb 215:26 AM Feb 216:31 AM Feb 21
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Local times for eclipse in Cape Town on Thursday, February 21, 2008

EventTime in Cape TownDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsFeb 21 at 2:36:36 AM327°North-northwest38.0°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Partial Eclipse beginsFeb 21 at 3:43:19 AM311°Northwest29.3°
Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
Total Eclipse beginsFeb 21 at 5:01:10 AM296°West-northwest16.5°
Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.
Maximum EclipseFeb 21 at 5:26:07 AM292°West-northwest11.9°
Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.
Total Eclipse endsFeb 21 at 5:50:54 AM288°West-northwest7.4°
Total moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
MoonsetFeb 21 at 6:31:42 AM283°West-northwest0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsFeb 21 at 7:08:45 AM278°West7.8° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsFeb 21 at 8:15:36 AM268°West21.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
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 and Transits Visible in Cape Town

Eclipse Visibility From Cape TownVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
2000Jan 21LunarPartial
2000Jul 16LunarPenumbral
2001Jan 9 / Jan 10LunarTotal
2001Jun 21SolarPartial
2001Jul 5LunarPartial
2002Jun 24 / Jun 25LunarPenumbral
2002Nov 20LunarPenumbral
2002Dec 4SolarPartial
2003May 7MercuryTransit
2003May 16LunarTotal
2003Nov 9LunarTotal
2004Apr 19SolarPartial
2004May 4 / May 5LunarTotal
2004Jun 8VenusTransit
2004Oct 28LunarTotal
2006Mar 14 / Mar 15LunarPenumbral
2006Sep 7LunarPartial
2006Sep 22SolarPartial
2007Mar 3 / Mar 4LunarTotal
2008Feb 21LunarTotal
2008Aug 16 / Aug 17LunarPartial
2009Jan 26SolarPartial
2009Aug 6LunarPenumbral
2009Dec 31LunarPartial
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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