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November 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The last eclipse of the year, a penumbral lunar eclipse, will occur on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. People in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Asia will be able to observe it.

Was this Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looked like from the night side of the Earth.

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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.

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

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.

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

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganNov 28 at 12:15:00Nov 28 at 7:15:00 amNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseNov 28 at 14:33:01Nov 28 at 9:33:01 amNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedNov 28 at 16:51:00Nov 28 at 11:51:00 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 -0.187.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 0.915

The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 36 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: November 13, 2012 – November 14, 2012 — Total Solar Eclipse


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