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

Max view in Johannesburg
Wednesday, May 3, 1939 at 5:46 PM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Johannesburg: Partial Lunar Eclipse

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

Maximum: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 5:46 PM

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

Duration: 5 hours, 34 minutes


May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Johannesburg

Animation: How the Partial Lunar Eclipse Looked

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

MoonriseMaxEnd of partial
5:36 PM May 35:46 PM May 36:54 PM May 3
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Local times for eclipse in Johannesburg on Wednesday, May 3, 1939

EventTime in JohannesburgDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 2:24 PM135°Southeast36.5° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 3:27 PM123°East-southeast25.9° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 4:40 PM113°East-southeast12.1° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 3 at 5:11 PM110°East-southeast5.8° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
MoonriseMay 3 at 5:36 PM107°East-southeast0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMay 3 at 5:42 PM106°East-southeast1.1°
Total moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, recommend going to a high point.
Maximal Eclipse visible in JohannesburgMay 3 at 5:46 PM106°East-southeast1.8°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Johannesburg would be around this time.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-southeast.
Partial Eclipse endsMay 3 at 6:54 PM99°East16.1°
Partial moon eclipse ends.
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 3 at 7:58 PM93°East29.8°
The Earth's penumbra ends.
Times are local for Johannesburg (SAST – South Africa Standard Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Johannesburg

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

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