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May 3 / May 4, 1939 — Total Lunar Eclipse

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in New York?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: South/East Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Much of Africa, West in North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Was this eclipse visible in New York?

The animation shows where this total lunar eclipse is visible during the night (dark “wave” slowly moving across the Earth's surface).

Shades of darkness

Night, moon high up in sky.

Moon between 12 and 18 degrees above horizon.

Moon between 6 and 12 degrees above horizon. Make sure you have free line of sight.

Moon between 0 and 6 degrees above horizon. May be hard to see due to brightness and line of sight.

Day, moon and eclipse both not visible.

Note: Twilight will affect the visibility of the eclipse, as well as weather.

Entire eclipse was visible from start to end

Entire partial and total phases were visible. Missed part of penumbral phase.

Entire total phase was visible. Missed part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase was visible. Missed part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase was visible. Missed total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase was visible. Missed total & partial phases.

Eclipse was not visible at all.

Note: Areas with lighter shadings left (West) of the center will experience the eclipse after moonrise/sunset. Areas with lighter shadings right (East) of the center will experience the eclipse until moonset/sunrise. Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions and line of sight to the Moon.

When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide

Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.

The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in New York*Visible in New York
Penumbral eclipse beganMay 3 at 12:24:33May 3 at 8:24:33 AMNo, below the horizon
Partial eclipse beganMay 3 at 13:27:45May 3 at 9:27:45 AMNo, below the horizon
Full eclipse beganMay 3 at 14:40:06May 3 at 10:40:06 AMNo, below the horizon
Maximum eclipseMay 3 at 15:11:21May 3 at 11:11:21 AMNo, below the horizon
Full eclipse endedMay 3 at 15:42:28May 3 at 11:42:28 AMNo, below the horizon
Partial eclipse endedMay 3 at 16:54:48May 3 at 12:54:48 PMNo, below the horizon
Penumbral eclipse endedMay 3 at 17:58:08May 3 at 1:58:08 PMNo, below the horizon

* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in New York.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.177.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.184

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 34 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 25 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 2 minutes.

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