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.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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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.
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||Feb 9 at 12:38:48||Feb 9 at 7:38:48 am||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 9 at 14:38:12||Feb 9 at 9:38:12 am||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Feb 9 at 16:37:37||Feb 9 at 11:37:37 am||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||-0.088||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||0.900||Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra|
|Overall duration||3 hours, 59 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 second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: January 26, 2009 — Annular Solar Eclipse