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September 16–17, 1997 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

The curvature of the shadow's path and the apparent rotation of the Moon's disk is due to the Earth's rotation.

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Map and Animation

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 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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganSep 16 at 16:12:31Sep 16 at 12:12:31 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beganSep 16 at 17:08:25Sep 16 at 1:08:25 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse beganSep 16 at 18:15:54Sep 16 at 2:15:54 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseSep 16 at 18:46:38Sep 16 at 2:46:38 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse endedSep 16 at 19:17:23Sep 16 at 3:17:23 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse endedSep 16 at 20:24:52Sep 16 at 4:24:52 pmNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedSep 16 at 21:20:47Sep 16 at 5:20:47 pmNo, below the horizon

* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in Washington DC.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

DataValueComments
Magnitude1.191Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration100.0%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude2.142Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration5 hours, 8 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of totality1 hour, 1 minutePeriod between the beginning and end of the total phase
Duration of partial phases2 hours, 15 minutesCombined period of both partial phases
Duration of penumbral phases1 hour, 52 minutesCombined period of both penumbral phases

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.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: September 1–2, 1997 — Partial Solar Eclipse