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December 31, 2009 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse enthusiasts in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia can celebrate New Year’s Eve by observing a partial lunar eclipse on December 31, 2009. The event’s duration is about four hours.

Was this Partial Lunar Eclipse visible in New York?

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: Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, North/West North America, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

Expand cities where partial eclipse was visible

Was this eclipse visible in New York?

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 New York*Visible in New York
Penumbral Eclipse beganDec 31 at 5:17 PMDec 31 at 12:17 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse beganDec 31 at 6:52 PMDec 31 at 1:52 PMNo, below horizon
Maximum EclipseDec 31 at 7:22 PMDec 31 at 2:22 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endedDec 31 at 7:52 PMDec 31 at 2:52 PMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedDec 31 at 9:28 PMDec 31 at 4:28 PMNo, below horizon

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


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