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May 13–14, 1938 — Total Lunar Eclipse

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Map and Animation

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.

Entire eclipse was visible from start to end

Entire partial and total phases were visible. Missed part of penumbral phase.

Entire total phase was visible. Missed part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase was visible. Missed part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase was visible. Missed total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase was visible. Missed total & partial phases.

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 — Timeline

Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the Moon will rise or set during the eclipse.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganMay 14 at 05:46:10May 14 at 1:46:10 amYes
Partial Eclipse beganMay 14 at 06:57:03May 14 at 2:57:03 amYes
Full Eclipse beganMay 14 at 08:18:55May 14 at 4:18:55 amYes
Maximum EclipseMay 14 at 08:43:38May 14 at 4:43:38 amYes
Full Eclipse endedMay 14 at 09:08:15May 14 at 5:08:15 amYes
Partial Eclipse endedMay 14 at 10:30:06May 14 at 6:30:06 amNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedMay 14 at 11:41:05May 14 at 7:41:05 amNo, below the horizon

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

The times displayed are accurate within 2-3 seconds.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.097.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.154.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 55 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 44 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 49 minutes.

An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!

A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.

Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: May 29, 1938 — Total Solar Eclipse