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May 15–16, 2041 Partial Lunar Eclipse

This eclipse is visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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, Asia, West in Australia, Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

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This eclipse is visible in Washington DC - go to local timings and animation

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.

Eclipse Stages WorldwideUTC TimeLocal Time in Washington DC*Visible in Washington DC
Penumbral Eclipse beginsMay 15 at 22:26:57May 15 at 6:26:57 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 16 at 00:12:46May 15 at 8:12:46 pmMaybe, touching horizon
Maximum EclipseMay 16 at 00:41:50May 15 at 8:41:50 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsMay 16 at 01:11:05May 15 at 9:11:05 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsMay 16 at 02:56:45May 15 at 10:56:45 pmYes

* The Moon is below the horizon in Washington DC some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

Magnitude0.064Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration2.3%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude1.075Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration4 hours, 30 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of partial phase58 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of the partial phase
Duration of penumbral phases3 hours, 31 minutesCombined period of both penumbral phases

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds

How Many People Can See This Eclipse?

Number of People Seeing...Number of People*Fraction of World Population
At least some of the penumbral phase6,830,000,00074.80%
At least some of the partial phase4,570,000,00050.13%
All of partial phase3,470,000,00038.08%
The entire eclipse from beginning to end2,480,000,00027.21%

* The number of people refers to the resident population (as a round number) in areas where the eclipse is visible. timeanddate has calculated these numbers using raw population data provided by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The raw data is based on population estimates from the year 2000 to 2020.

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: April 30, 2041 — Total Solar Eclipse