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March 2/3, 1942 — 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

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

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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.

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 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 beganMar 2 at 21:29:15Mar 2 at 5:29:15 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beganMar 2 at 22:31:40Mar 2 at 6:31:40 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse beganMar 2 at 23:33:33Mar 2 at 7:33:33 pmYes
Maximum EclipseMar 3 at 00:21:27Mar 2 at 8:21:27 pmYes
Full Eclipse endedMar 3 at 01:09:26Mar 2 at 9:09:26 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endedMar 3 at 02:11:19Mar 2 at 10:11:19 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedMar 3 at 03:13:36Mar 2 at 11:13:36 pmYes

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

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.561.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.588

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 44 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 4 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 36 minutes.

Eclipses Come in Pairs!

A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a lunar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a solar eclipse!

Following paired eclipse: March 16, 1942 – March 17, 1942 — Partial Solar Eclipse


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