Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
February 10–11, 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
This penumbral lunar eclipse is visible in most populated areas on Earth, including most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia.
Next eclipse: Annular solar eclipse on February 26, 2017
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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It is often difficult to tell the difference between a penumbral eclipse and a regular Full Moon. However, this eclipse is easier to spot than an average penumbral eclipse because the Moon travels through the darkest areas of Earth’s penumbra, only just missing the umbra, the shadow's dark core. As a result, the Moon looks considerably darker on one side, making the shadow visible to the naked eye – weather permitting.
Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Much of 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 Boston*||Visible in Boston|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||Feb 10 at 22:34:14||Feb 10 at 5:34:14 pm||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Feb 11 at 00:43:49||Feb 10 at 7:43:49 pm||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Feb 11 at 02:53:25||Feb 10 at 9:53:25 pm||Yes|
* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Boston, the entire eclipse was visible.
The magnitude of the eclipse is -0.035.
The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 0.988.
The total duration of the eclipse is 4 hours, 19 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 first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: February 26, 2017 — Annular Solar Eclipse
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Eclipses in 2017
- Feb 10–11, 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (this page)
- Feb 26, 2017 – Annular Solar Eclipse
- Aug 7–8, 2017 — Partial Lunar Eclipse
- Aug 21, 2017 – Total 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
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