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June 15/16, 2011 — Total Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse is visible in areas such as Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia on June 15, 2011. This is one of the darkest eclipses this century, and for 100 minutes the Moon appears as a dark red orb in the sky.

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

The animation shows where this total 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.

Entire eclipse was visible from start to end

Entire partial and total phases were visible. Missed part of penumbral phase.

Entire total phase was visible. Missed part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase was visible. Missed part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase was visible. Missed total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase was visible. Missed total & partial phases.

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.

The times displayed are accurate to around 2-3 seconds.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganJun 15 at 17:24:36Jun 15 at 1:24:36 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beganJun 15 at 18:22:57Jun 15 at 2:22:57 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse beganJun 15 at 19:22:31Jun 15 at 3:22:31 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseJun 15 at 20:12:41Jun 15 at 4:12:41 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse endedJun 15 at 21:02:42Jun 15 at 5:02:42 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse endedJun 15 at 22:02:15Jun 15 at 6:02:15 pmNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedJun 15 at 23:00:44Jun 15 at 7:00:44 pmNo, 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 1.700.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.687

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 36 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 1 hour, 59 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Eclipses Come in Pairs!

A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a lunar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a solar eclipse!

Preceding paired eclipse: June 1, 2011 — Partial Solar Eclipse

Following paired eclipse: July 1, 2011 — Partial Solar Eclipse

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