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May 26, 2021 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

People in Australia, parts of the western US, western South America, or in South-East Asia, saw the Super Flower Full Moon totally eclipsed and turn a shade of red for about 14 minutes during this total lunar eclipse.

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: South/East Asia, Australia, Much of 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.

Super Flower Blood Moon

The eclipse took place just a few hours after the Moon reached perigee, the closest point to Earth on its orbit, making it a Super Flower Blood Moon.

This eclipse also marks the beginning of an “almost tetrad” because it kicks off a series of four big lunar eclipses in two years. Three of these eclipses are total, while one of them, on November 18-19, 2021, is a deep partial eclipse. So deep that it is almost a total eclipse.

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 beganMay 26 at 08:47:39May 26 at 4:47:39 amYes
Partial Eclipse beganMay 26 at 09:44:58May 26 at 5:44:58 amYes
Full Eclipse beganMay 26 at 11:11:26May 26 at 7:11:26 amNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 26 at 11:18:42May 26 at 7:18:42 amNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse endedMay 26 at 11:25:54May 26 at 7:25:54 amNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse endedMay 26 at 12:52:23May 26 at 8:52:23 amNo, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse endedMay 26 at 13:49:44May 26 at 9:49:44 amNo, below the horizon

* 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 1.009.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 1.954.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 2 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 2 hours, 53 minutes.

The duration of the full eclipse is 14 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: June 10, 2021 — Annular Solar Eclipse