Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
December 8–9, 1946 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: Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Much of North America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.
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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 Wichita*||Visible in Wichita|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||Dec 8 at 15:13:15||Dec 8 at 9:13:15 am||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse began||Dec 8 at 16:10:34||Dec 8 at 10:10:34 am||No, below the horizon|
|Full Eclipse began||Dec 8 at 17:19:25||Dec 8 at 11:19:25 am||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 8 at 17:48:02||Dec 8 at 11:48:02 am||No, below the horizon|
|Full Eclipse ended||Dec 8 at 18:16:38||Dec 8 at 12:16:38 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Dec 8 at 19:25:28||Dec 8 at 1:25:28 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Dec 8 at 20:22:47||Dec 8 at 2:22:47 pm||No, below the horizon|
* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in Wichita.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.164.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.134.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 10 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 18 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 57 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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: November 23, 1946 — Partial Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1946
- Jan 3, 1946 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- May 30, 1946 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jun 14–15, 1946 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 29, 1946 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Nov 23, 1946 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Dec 8–9, 1946 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
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