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July 17–18, 2046 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: Much of Europe, South/West Asia, West in Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, 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 beginsJul 17 at 22:35:30Jul 17 at 6:35:30 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsJul 18 at 00:07:14Jul 17 at 8:07:14 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseJul 18 at 01:04:35Jul 17 at 9:04:35 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsJul 18 at 02:01:47Jul 17 at 10:01:47 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsJul 18 at 03:33:39Jul 17 at 11:33:39 pmYes

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

Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Quick Facts About This Eclipse

Magnitude0.246Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration16.9%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude1.281Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration4 hours, 58 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of partial phase1 hour, 55 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: August 2, 2046 — Total Solar Eclipse