Live coverage of the total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018.
September 16–17, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looked like from the night side of the Earth.
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.
Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, East in 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 16 at 16:54:43||Sep 16 at 12:54:43 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Sep 16 at 18:54:21||Sep 16 at 2:54:21 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Sep 16 at 20:54:00||Sep 16 at 4:54:00 pm||No, below the horizon|
* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in Washington DC.
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.
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
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Eclipses in 2016
- Mar 8 / Mar 9, 2016 – Total Solar Eclipse
- Mar 23, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- May 9–10, 2016 — Mercury Transit
- Aug 18, 2016 — Almost Lunar Eclipse
- Sep 1, 2016 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Sep 16–17, 2016 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (this page)
Eclipses in 2018
- Jan 31, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Feb 15, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 13, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
- Jul 27–28, 2018 — Total Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 11, 2018 – Partial Solar Eclipse
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