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September 27–28, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)
In the US, Canada, and Central and South America, this rare Total Lunar Eclipse of a Supermoon will begin on the evening of September 27, 2015. In Europe, South/East Asia, Africa, the Arctic, and in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans it starts after midnight on September 28, 2015.
Also called a Blood Moon this eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 12 minutes.
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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This is the last eclipse in the 2014 – 2015 Lunar Tetrad
Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, North America, South 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||Sep 28 at 00:11:47||Sep 27 at 8:11:47 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse began||Sep 28 at 01:07:13||Sep 27 at 9:07:13 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse began||Sep 28 at 02:11:12||Sep 27 at 10:11:12 pm||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Sep 28 at 02:47:09||Sep 27 at 10:47:09 pm||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ended||Sep 28 at 03:23:05||Sep 27 at 11:23:05 pm||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Sep 28 at 04:27:05||Sep 28 at 12:27:05 am||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Sep 28 at 05:22:31||Sep 28 at 1:22:31 am||Yes|
* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.
The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.276.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.230.
The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 11 minutes.
The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 8 minutes.
The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 12 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.
This is the second eclipse this season.
First eclipse this season: September 13, 2015 — Partial Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2015
- Mar 20, 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Apr 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 13, 2015 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Sep 27–28, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses in 2019
- Jan 5 / Jan 6, 2019 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jan 20–21, 2019 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Jul 2, 2019 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Jul 16–17, 2019 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 11–12, 2019 — Mercury Transit
- Dec 26, 2019 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Eclipses in 2020
- Jan 10–11, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 5–6, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Jun 21, 2020 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Jul 4–5, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Nov 29–30, 2020 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- Dec 14, 2020 – Total Solar Eclipse