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Apr 13, 1968 Total Lunar Eclipse

What this lunar eclipse looks like

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

This is an approximate representation. The eclipse and moon will look slightly different in real life.

This is a total lunar eclipse.

Is this eclipse viewable in Washington DC?

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Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.

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

The night (dark) areas in the animation are approximately those that can see the moon, and therefore also the eclipse.


Intense red shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse from beginning to end.

Red shading right/east of intense shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse after moonrise/sunset.

Red shading left/west of intense shading: Observers within this area can see the eclipse until moonset/sunrise.

No coloring: Eclipse is not visible at all

Note: Actual eclipse visibility depends on weather conditions

Where to see the eclipse

Continents seeing at least some parts of the eclipse:

Total eclipse visible in:

Locations being able to see at least parts of the Total part.

Partial eclipse visible in:

When the eclipse happens 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 beginsApr 13 at 2:14 AMApr 12 at 9:14 PMYes
Partial Eclipse beginsApr 13 at 3:14 AMApr 12 at 10:14 PMYes
Full Eclipse beginsApr 13 at 4:26 AMApr 12 at 11:26 PMYes
Maximum EclipseApr 13 at 4:48 AMApr 12 at 11:48 PMYes
Full Eclipse endsApr 13 at 5:09 AMApr 13 at 12:09 AMYes
Partial Eclipse endsApr 13 at 6:21 AMApr 13 at 1:21 AMYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsApr 13 at 7:21 AMApr 13 at 2:21 AMYes

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

Eclipses during year 1968