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Oct 28, 1939 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

What this lunar eclipse looked like

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looked like from the night side of earth.


Where eclipse could be seen

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

Example cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

The animation shows where this partial 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.

100% visible (start to end).

More than 75% of the event was visible

Less than 75% of the event was visible

Less than 50% of the event was visible

Eclipse was not visible at all

Note: Percentage values (%) are of the overall eclipse event. Lighter shadings left (West) of center will experience the eclipse after moonrise/sunset. Shadings right (East) will experience 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 might be a minute or two off actual times.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganOct 28 at 3:44 AMOct 27 at 10:44 PMYes
Partial Eclipse beganOct 28 at 4:56 AMOct 27 at 11:56 PMYes
Maximum EclipseOct 28 at 6:36 AMOct 28 at 1:36 AMYes
Partial Eclipse endedOct 28 at 8:17 AMOct 28 at 3:17 AMYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedOct 28 at 9:28 AMOct 28 at 4:28 AMYes

* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.

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