Eclipse enthusiasts in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia can celebrate New Year’s Eve by observing a partial lunar eclipse on December 31, 2009. The event’s duration is about four hours.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Much of North America, East in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.
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||Dec 31 at 17:17:09||Dec 31 at 12:17:09 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse began||Dec 31 at 18:52:45||Dec 31 at 1:52:45 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Dec 31 at 19:22:42||Dec 31 at 2:22:42 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Dec 31 at 19:52:41||Dec 31 at 2:52:41 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Dec 31 at 21:28:14||Dec 31 at 4:28:14 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.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 0.076.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 1.056.
The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 11 minutes.
The duration of the partial eclipse is 1 hour.
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: January 15, 2010 — Annular Solar Eclipse