A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs on August 6, 2009. It is the third of four lunar eclipses during the year. The eclipse lasts for about three hours.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, South/West Asia, West in Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.
Eclipse Map and Animation
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 5 at 23:04:20||Aug 5 at 7:04:20 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Aug 6 at 00:39:11||Aug 5 at 8:39:11 pm||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Aug 6 at 02:14:06||Aug 5 at 10:14:06 pm||Yes|
* The Moon was below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse was not visible.
Quick Facts About This Eclipse
|Magnitude||-0.666||Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra|
|Obscuration||0.0%||Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra|
|Penumbral magnitude||0.402||Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra|
|Overall duration||3 hours, 10 minutes||Period between the beginning and end of all eclipse 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 third eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: July 7, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
Second eclipse this season: July 21–22, 2009 — Total Solar Eclipse