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October 15 / October 16, 1940 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Was this Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

The animation shows where this penumbral 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.

Note that since it is a penumbral eclipse, it can be hard to see, as the Moon will only be a bit fainter.

Eclipse was visible.

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 beganOct 16 at 05:56:55Oct 16 at 12:56:55 amYes
Maximum EclipseOct 16 at 08:00:54Oct 16 at 3:00:54 amYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedOct 16 at 10:04:53Oct 16 at 5:04:53 amYes

* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.

The magnitude of the eclipse is -0.375.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 0.716

The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 8 minutes.

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