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.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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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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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 16 at 18:24:49||Aug 16 at 2:24:49 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse began||Aug 16 at 19:36:06||Aug 16 at 3:36:06 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 16 at 21:10:07||Aug 16 at 5:10:07 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Aug 16 at 22:44:13||Aug 16 at 6:44:13 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Aug 16 at 23:55:22||Aug 16 at 7:55:22 pm||No, below the horizon|
* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in Washington DC.
Quick Facts About This Eclipse
|Magnitude||0.808||Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra|
|Obscuration||84.1%||Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra|
|Penumbral magnitude||1.837||Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra|
|Overall duration||5 hours, 31 minutes||Period between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases|
|Duration of partial phase||3 hours, 8 minutes||Period between the beginning and end of the partial phase|
|Duration of penumbral phases||2 hours, 22 minutes||Combined 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.
This is the second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: August 1, 2008 — Total Solar Eclipse