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Flag for U.S.A. March 3, 2026 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Washington DC, District of Columbia, U.S.A.

Max view in Washington DC
Tuesday, March 3, 2026 at 6:33 AM

Global Type: Total Lunar Eclipse


Washington DC: Total Lunar Eclipse


Begins: Tue, Mar 3, 2026 at 3:44 AM

Maximum: Tue, Mar 3, 2026 at 6:33 AM

Ends: Tue, Mar 3, 2026 at 9:22 AM


Duration: 5 hours, 39 minutes

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March 3, 2026 — Total Lunar Eclipse — Washington DC

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This total lunar eclipse is fully visible in Washington DC. 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
4:50 AM Mar 36:33 AM Mar 36:38 AM Mar 3
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Local times for eclipse in Washington DC on Tuesday, March 3, 2026

EventTime in Washington DCDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMar 3 at 3:44 AM250°West-southwest32.4°
The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Partial Eclipse beginsMar 3 at 4:50 AM262°West20.2°
Partial moon eclipse starts - moon is getting red.
Total Eclipse beginsMar 3 at 6:04 AM273°West6.0°
Total moon eclipse starts - completely red moon.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West.
Maximum EclipseMar 3 at 6:33 AM277°West0.7°
Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.
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 for the best view of the eclipse.
MoonsetMar 3 at 6:38 AM278°West0.0° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Total Eclipse endsMar 3 at 7:02 AM282°West-northwest5.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Partial Eclipse endsMar 3 at 8:17 AM294°West-northwest18.7° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsMar 3 at 9:22 AM306°Northwest29.6° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Times are local for Washington DC (EST – Eastern Standard Time).

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

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

Eclipses visible in Washington DC

Eclipse Visibility from Washington DCVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
2020Jul 4 / Jul 5LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2020Nov 30LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2021May 26LunarPartial
Total
2021Jun 10SolarPartial
Annular
2021Nov 19LunarPartial
Partial
2022May 15 / May 16LunarTotal
Total
2022Nov 8LunarTotal
Total
2023Oct 14SolarPartial
Annular
2024Mar 25LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2024Apr 8SolarPartial
Total
2024Sep 17 / Sep 18LunarPartial
Partial
2025Mar 13 / Mar 14LunarTotal
Total
2026Mar 3LunarTotal
Total
2026Aug 12SolarPartial
Total
2026Aug 27 / Aug 28LunarPartial
Partial
2027Feb 20LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2027Aug 17LunarPenumbral
Penumbral
2028Jan 11 / Jan 12LunarPartial
Partial
2028Jan 26SolarPartial
Annular
2029Jan 14SolarPartial
Partial
2029Jun 25 / Jun 26LunarTotal
Total
2029Dec 20LunarTotal
Total
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