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January 20–21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

The total phase of this total lunar eclipse was visible from North and South America, Europe and western Africa. Central and eastern Africa and Asia saw a partial eclipse of the Moon.

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: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic.

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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.

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 beganJan 21 at 02:36:29Jan 20 at 9:36:29 pmYes
Partial Eclipse beganJan 21 at 03:33:54Jan 20 at 10:33:54 pmYes
Full Eclipse beganJan 21 at 04:41:17Jan 20 at 11:41:17 pmYes
Maximum EclipseJan 21 at 05:12:14Jan 21 at 12:12:14 amYes
Full Eclipse endedJan 21 at 05:43:15Jan 21 at 12:43:15 amYes
Partial Eclipse endedJan 21 at 06:50:39Jan 21 at 1:50:39 amYes
Penumbral Eclipse endedJan 21 at 07:48:02Jan 21 at 2:48:02 amYes

* The Moon was above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Washington DC, the entire eclipse was visible.

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.195.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.169.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 12 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 1 hour, 2 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: January 5–6, 2019 — Partial Solar Eclipse