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August 16/17, 2008 — Partial Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse occurs on August 16, 2008, where more than three quarters of the moon are covered by the Earth’s umbra. This eclipse follows the solar eclipse on August 1, 2008.

Was this Partial 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, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

The animation shows where this partial 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.

Eclipse was visible.

Only partial phase was visible. Missed partial phase.

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 beganAug 16 at 18:24:49Aug 16 at 2:24:49 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beganAug 16 at 19:36:06Aug 16 at 3:36:06 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseAug 16 at 21:10:07Aug 16 at 5:10:07 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse endedAug 16 at 22:44:13Aug 16 at 6:44:13 pmNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedAug 16 at 23:55:22Aug 16 at 7:55:22 pmNo, below the horizon

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

The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.808.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 1.837

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 31 minutes.

The duration of the partial eclipse is 3 hours, 8 minutes.


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