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August 16–17, 1989 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, South/West Asia, 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||Aug 17 at 00:24:22||Aug 16 at 8:24:22 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||Aug 17 at 01:21:04||Aug 16 at 9:21:04 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||Aug 17 at 02:20:18||Aug 16 at 10:20:18 pm||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 17 at 03:08:08||Aug 16 at 11:08:08 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||Aug 17 at 03:56:05||Aug 16 at 11:56:05 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Aug 17 at 04:55:20||Aug 17 at 12:55:20 am||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Aug 17 at 05:51:55||Aug 17 at 1:51:55 am||Yes|
* 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 1.598.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.570.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 28 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 1 hour, 58 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 36 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: August 31, 1989 — Partial Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 1989
- Feb 20–21, 1989 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Mar 7, 1989 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Aug 16–17, 1989 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
- Aug 31, 1989 – 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