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May 13–14, 1938 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
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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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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*||Visible in Washington DC|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||May 14 at 05:46:10||May 14 at 1:46:10 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||May 14 at 06:57:03||May 14 at 2:57:03 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||May 14 at 08:18:55||May 14 at 4:18:55 am||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||May 14 at 08:43:38||May 14 at 4:43:38 am||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||May 14 at 09:08:15||May 14 at 5:08:15 am||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ended||May 14 at 10:30:06||May 14 at 6:30:06 am||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||May 14 at 11:41:05||May 14 at 7:41:05 am||No, 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 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.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: May 29, 1938 — Total Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1938
- May 13–14, 1938 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
- May 29, 1938 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Nov 7–8, 1938 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 21 / Nov 22, 1938 – Partial Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse