Your guide to solar & lunar eclipses.
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.
What This Lunar Eclipse Looked Like
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.
Eclipse Map and Animation
Micro Blood 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.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Boston*||Visible in Boston|
|Penumbral Eclipse began||Jul 27 at 17:14:47||Jul 27 at 1:14:47 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse began||Jul 27 at 18:24:27||Jul 27 at 2:24:27 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Full Eclipse began||Jul 27 at 19:30:15||Jul 27 at 3:30:15 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||Jul 27 at 20:21:44||Jul 27 at 4:21:44 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Full Eclipse ended||Jul 27 at 21:13:11||Jul 27 at 5:13:11 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ended||Jul 27 at 22:19:00||Jul 27 at 6:19:00 pm||No, below the horizon|
|Penumbral Eclipse ended||Jul 27 at 23:28:38||Jul 27 at 7:28:38 pm||No, below the horizon|
* The Moon was below the horizon during this eclipse, so it was not possible to view it in Boston.
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.
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
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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 (this page)
- 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
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