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July 27–28, 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

The second total lunar eclipse of 2018 was visible in large parts of Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Totality lasted for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century.

Was this Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like

The curvature of the shadow's path and the apparent rotation of the Moon's disk is due to the Earth's rotation.

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Where the Eclipse Was Seen

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

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Was this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Map and Animation

The animation shows where this total 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.

Entire eclipse was visible from start to end

Entire partial and total phases were visible. Missed part of penumbral phase.

Entire total phase was visible. Missed part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase was visible. Missed part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase was visible. Missed total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase was visible. Missed total & partial phases.

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.

Micro Blood Moon Eclipse

Total lunar eclipses are also sometimes called Blood Moons because of the reddish-orange glow the Moon takes on during the eclipse.

On the day of the eclipse, the Full Moon was also at its farthest from the Earth, so it looked a little smaller in the sky, making it a Blood Micro Moon eclipse.

Look Up for Mars

Mars was very close to the eclipsed Moon on July 27/28 and was easy to see with naked eyes, weather permitting.

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.

EventUTC TimeTime in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beganJul 27 at 17:14:47Jul 27 at 1:14:47 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beganJul 27 at 18:24:27Jul 27 at 2:24:27 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse beganJul 27 at 19:30:15Jul 27 at 3:30:15 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseJul 27 at 20:21:44Jul 27 at 4:21:44 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse endedJul 27 at 21:13:11Jul 27 at 5:13:11 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse endedJul 27 at 22:19:00Jul 27 at 6:19:00 pmNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedJul 27 at 23:28:38Jul 27 at 7:28:38 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 1.609.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.679.

The total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours, 14 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 12 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 43 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 second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: July 13, 2018 — Partial Solar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: August 11, 2018 — Partial Solar Eclipse