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June 15, 2011 — Total Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse is visible in areas such as Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia on June 15, 2011. This is one of the darkest eclipses this century, and for 100 minutes the Moon appears as a dark red orb in the sky.

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What this lunar eclipse looked like

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

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Where eclipse could be seen

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

Expand for cities where at least part of the total eclipse was visible
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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

The animation shows where this total 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 beganJun 15 at 5:24 PMJun 15 at 1:24 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse beganJun 15 at 6:22 PMJun 15 at 2:22 PMNo, below horizon
Full Eclipse beganJun 15 at 7:22 PMJun 15 at 3:22 PMNo, below horizon
Maximum EclipseJun 15 at 8:12 PMJun 15 at 4:12 PMNo, below horizon
Full Eclipse endedJun 15 at 9:02 PMJun 15 at 5:02 PMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endedJun 15 at 10:02 PMJun 15 at 6:02 PMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedJun 15 at 11:00 PMJun 15 at 7:00 PMNo, below horizon

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

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