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Flag for USA May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — San Francisco, California, USA

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Wednesday, May 3, 1939 at 5:09 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

San Francisco: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Began: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 4:24 AM

Maximum: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 5:09 AM

Ended: Wed, May 3, 1939 at 9:58 AM

Duration: 5 hours, 34 minutes


May 3, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse — San Francisco

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Animation: How the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Looked

The total phase of this lunar eclipse was not visible in San Francisco, but it could be observed there as a penumbral lunar eclipse. 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

4:24 AM May 35:09 AM May 35:12 AM May 3
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Local times for eclipse in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 3, 1939

EventTime in San FranciscoDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 4:24:33 AM243°West-southwest8.1°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-southwest.
Maximal Eclipse visible in San FranciscoMay 3 at 5:09:47 AM250°West-southwest0.5°
The maximum part of the eclipse occurs when the Moon is close under the horizon. The best time to view the eclipse in San Francisco 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-southwest for the best view of the eclipse.
MoonsetMay 3 at 5:12:52 AM251°West-southwest0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 5:27:45 AM253°West-southwest2.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse beginsMay 3 at 6:40:06 AM263°West16.8° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 3 at 7:11:21 AM267°West22.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMay 3 at 7:42:28 AM272°West28.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsMay 3 at 8:54:48 AM284°West-northwest42.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 3 at 9:58:08 AM298°West-northwest53.5° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Times are local for San Francisco (PST – Pacific Standard Time).

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

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

Eclipses and Transits Visible in San Francisco

Eclipse Visibility From San FranciscoVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks LikeMax DegreePath of the Eclipse
1930Apr 12 / Apr 13LunarPartial
1930Apr 28SolarPartial
1932Mar 22LunarPartial
1932Aug 31SolarPartial
1933Feb 10LunarPenumbral
1933Mar 11LunarPenumbral
1933Sep 3LunarPenumbral
1934Jan 30LunarPenumbral
1934Feb 13SolarPartial
1934Jul 26LunarPartial
1935Jan 19LunarTotal
1935Feb 3SolarPartial
1935Jul 15LunarTotal
1936Dec 27LunarPenumbral
1937May 24 / May 25LunarPenumbral
1937Jun 8SolarPartial
1937Nov 17 / Nov 18LunarPartial
1937Dec 2SolarPartial
1938May 13 / May 14LunarTotal
1938Nov 21SolarPartial
1939Apr 19SolarPartial
1939May 3LunarPenumbral
1939Oct 27 / Oct 28LunarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in San Francisco, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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