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March 23 / March 24, 1997 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

Was this Partial Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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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.

Eclipse was visible.

Only partial phase was visible. Missed partial phase.

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 Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral eclipse beganMar 24 at 01:42:26Mar 23 at 8:42:26 PMYes
Partial eclipse beganMar 24 at 02:57:56Mar 23 at 9:57:56 PMYes
Maximum eclipseMar 24 at 04:39:26Mar 23 at 11:39:26 PMYes
Partial eclipse endedMar 24 at 06:20:59Mar 24 at 1:20:59 AMYes
Penumbral eclipse endedMar 24 at 07:36:23Mar 24 at 2:36:23 AMYes

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

The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.919.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 1.999

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 54 minutes.

The duration of the partial eclipse is 3 hours, 23 minutes.

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