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September 17–18, 2024 Partial Lunar Eclipse

Is this Partial Lunar Eclipse visible in Washington DC?

What This Lunar Eclipse Looks 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 to See the Eclipse

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Regions seeing, at least, some parts of the eclipse: Europe, South/West Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.

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Is this eclipse visible in Washington DC?

Eclipse Map and Animation

The animation shows where this partial 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.

Eclipse is visible.

Only penumbral phase visible. Misses partial phase.

The eclipse is 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 Happens 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 beginsSep 18 at 00:41:03Sep 17 at 8:41:03 pmYes
Partial Eclipse beginsSep 18 at 02:12:50Sep 17 at 10:12:50 pmYes
Maximum EclipseSep 18 at 02:44:12Sep 17 at 10:44:12 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsSep 18 at 03:15:35Sep 17 at 11:15:35 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsSep 18 at 04:47:21Sep 18 at 12:47:21 amYes

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

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

Magnitude0.085Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration3.5%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude1.037Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration4 hours, 6 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of partial phase1 hour, 3 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of the partial phase
Duration of penumbral phases3 hours, 4 minutesCombined period of both penumbral phases

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: October 2, 2024 — Annular Solar Eclipse

Third eclipse this season: October 17, 2024 — Almost Lunar Eclipse