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June 4, 2012 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

The partial lunar eclipse on June 4, 2012 is partly visible from western United States and Canada while people in Hawaii, New Zealand, and central and eastern Australia are able to follow the whole eclipse.

Was this Partial 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 the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, 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 beganJun 4 at 8:48:11 AMJun 4 at 4:48:11 AMYes
Partial Eclipse beganJun 4 at 9:59:55 AMJun 4 at 5:59:55 AMNo, below horizon
Maximum EclipseJun 4 at 11:03:13 AMJun 4 at 7:03:13 AMNo, below horizon
Partial Eclipse endedJun 4 at 12:06:29 PMJun 4 at 8:06:29 AMNo, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedJun 4 at 1:18:16 PMJun 4 at 9:18:16 AMNo, below horizon

* The Moon was below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse was not visible.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.370.

The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 30 minutes.

The duration of the partial eclipse is 2 hours, 7 minutes.

Next Partial Lunar Eclipse will be on Apr 25, 2013.


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