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September 16/17, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

This penumbral lunar eclipse can make the Harvest Moon look a little darker in Europe, parts of Asia, Australia, and East Africa.

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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The Moon will move through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow, making it appear a little darker. However, it may difficult to see this with the naked eye.

Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

Expand for some cities where penumbral eclipse was visible

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 beganSep 16 at 16:54:43Sep 16 at 12:54:43 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseSep 16 at 18:54:21Sep 16 at 2:54:21 pmNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedSep 16 at 20:54:00Sep 16 at 4:54:00 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 -0.064.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 0.908

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 third eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: August 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse

Second eclipse this season: September 1, 2016 — Annular Solar Eclipse