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February 9, 2009 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The penumbral lunar eclipse on February 9, 2009 is the first lunar eclipse of the year. People can experience the eclipse in areas such as Alaska, Australia, eastern Asia, Hawaii, and New Zealand. This eclipse follows an annular solar eclipse that was 2009’s first eclipse.

Was this Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Who Could See the Eclipse

The animation shows where this penumbral 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.

Note that since it is a penumbral eclipse, it can be hard to see, as the Moon will only be a bit fainter.

Eclipse was visible.

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganFeb 9 at 12:38:48Feb 9 at 7:38:48 amNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseFeb 9 at 14:38:12Feb 9 at 9:38:12 amNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedFeb 9 at 16:37:37Feb 9 at 11:37:37 amNo, 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.

The magnitude of the eclipse is -0.088.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 0.899

The total duration of the eclipse is 3 hours, 59 minutes.

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: January 26, 2009 — Annular Solar Eclipse