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Flag for South Africa January 21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town, South Africa

Max view in Cape Town
Monday, January 21, 2019 at 5:51 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Cape Town: Partial Lunar Eclipse

Begins: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 4:36 AM

Maximum: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 5:51 AM

Ends: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 9:48 AM

Duration: 5 hours, 12 minutes


January 21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Cape Town

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

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

Start of partialMaxMoonset
5:33 AM Jan 215:51 AM Jan 215:53 AM Jan 21
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Local times for eclipse in Cape Town on Monday, January 21, 2019

EventTime in Cape TownDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 4:36:29 AM307°Northwest12.7°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Partial Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 5:33:54 AM298°West-northwest3.2°
Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Maximal Eclipse visible in Cape TownJan 21 at 5:51:03 AM296°West-northwest0.4°
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 West-northwest for the best view of the eclipse.
MoonsetJan 21 at 5:53:53 AM295°West-northwest0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsJan 21 at 6:41:17 AM289°West-northwest9.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseJan 21 at 7:12:14 AM285°West-northwest15.1° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsJan 21 at 7:43:15 AM281°West-northwest21.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsJan 21 at 8:50:39 AM273°West34.1° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsJan 21 at 9:48:02 AM265°West45.4° 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 visible in Cape Town

Eclipse Visibility from Cape TownVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
2011Jun 15 / Jun 16LunarTotal
2011Nov 25SolarPartial
2013Apr 25 / Apr 26LunarPartial
2013May 25LunarPenumbral
2013Oct 18 / Oct 19LunarPenumbral
2014Apr 15LunarPenumbral
2015Sep 13SolarPartial
2015Sep 28LunarTotal
2016Sep 1SolarPartial
2016Sep 16LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 26SolarPartial
2017Aug 7LunarPartial
2018Jul 27 / Jul 28LunarTotal
2019Jan 21LunarPartial
2019Jul 16 / Jul 17LunarPartial
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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