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Dec 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.

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 partial lunar eclipse.

Is this eclipse viewable in New York?

This animation requires Flash to be installed. We hope to offer it without needing Flash soon.

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 partial 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:

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 New York*Visible in New York
Penumbral Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 5:19 PMDec 31 at 12:19 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsDec 31 at 7:03 PMDec 31 at 2:03 PMNo, below horizon
Maximum EclipseDec 31 at 7:23 PMDec 31 at 2:23 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endsDec 31 at 7:42 PMDec 31 at 2:42 PMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endsDec 31 at 9:26 PMDec 31 at 4:26 PMNo, below horizon

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

Eclipses during year 2009