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Flag for U.S.A. December 31, 2009 — Partial Lunar Eclipse — Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Max view in Boston
Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Global Type: Partial Lunar Eclipse


Boston: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse


Began: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Maximum: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Ended: Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 4:28 PM


Duration: 4 hours, 11 minutes

Location

December 31, 2009 — Partial Lunar Eclipse — Boston

Animation: How the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Looked

A penumbral lunar eclipse can be a bit hard to see, as the shadowed part is only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon.

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

MoonriseMaxEnd
4:20 PM Dec 314:23 PM Dec 314:28 PM Dec 31
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Local times for eclipse in Boston on Thursday, December 31, 2009

EventTime in BostonDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 12:17 PMNorth23.8° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 1:52 PM30°North-northeast18.4° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseDec 31 at 2:22 PM36°Northeast15.5° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsDec 31 at 2:52 PM42°Northeast12.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
MoonriseDec 31 at 4:20 PM57°East-northeast0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximal Eclipse visible in BostonDec 31 at 4:23 PM58°East-northeast0.4°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in Boston 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-northeast for the best view of the eclipse.
Penumbral Eclipse endsDec 31 at 4:28 PM59°East-northeast1.0°
The Earth's penumbra ends.
Moon close to horizon, recommend going to a high point.
Times are local for Boston (EST – Eastern Standard Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Boston

Eclipse Visibility from BostonVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
2000Jan 20 / Jan 21LunarTotal
Total
2000Dec 25SolarPartial
Partial
2001Jan 9LunarPartial
Total
2001Dec 30LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2002Nov 19LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2003May 15 / May 16LunarTotal
Total
2003Nov 8LunarTotal
Total
2004Oct 27 / Oct 28LunarTotal
Total
2005Apr 24LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2005Oct 17LunarPenumbral
Partial
2006Mar 14LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2007Mar 3LunarTotal
Total
2007Aug 28LunarTotal
Total
2008Feb 20 / Feb 21LunarTotal
Total
2008Aug 16LunarPenumbral
Partial
2009Jul 7LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2009Aug 5LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2009Dec 31LunarPenumbral
Partial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Boston, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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