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February 10/11, 2017 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

February’s Full Moon, the Snow Moon, on February 10/11 will grow a little darker from 22:34:14 UTC until 02:53:25 UTC when Earth casts a shadow, the penumbra, on the Moon.

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

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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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.

Penumbral lunar eclipses are generally less spectacular than total lunar eclipses, also known as Blood Moons.

Where the Eclipse Was Seen

Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Much of Asia, Africa, North America, 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 beganFeb 10 at 22:34:14Feb 10 at 5:34:14 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseFeb 11 at 00:43:49Feb 10 at 7:43:49 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedFeb 11 at 02:53:25Feb 10 at 9:53:25 pmYes

* The Moon was below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse was not visible.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

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.

All eclipses 1900 — 2199

This is the first eclipse this season.

Second eclipse this season: February 26, 2017 — Annular Solar Eclipse