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October 20–21, 2097 Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

Is this Total 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, 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 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.

The entire eclipse is visible from start to end.

The entire partial and total phases are visible. Misses part of penumbral phase.

The entire total phase is visible. Misses part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the total phase is visible. Misses part of total, partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the partial phase is visible. Misses total phase and part of partial & penumbral phases.

Some of the penumbral phase is visible. Misses total & partial phases.

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 beginsOct 20 at 22:46:03Oct 20 at 6:46:03 pmYes
Partial Eclipse beginsOct 20 at 23:50:03Oct 20 at 7:50:03 pmYes
Full Eclipse beginsOct 21 at 01:20:05Oct 20 at 9:20:05 pmYes
Maximum EclipseOct 21 at 01:27:36Oct 20 at 9:27:36 pmYes
Full Eclipse endsOct 21 at 01:35:15Oct 20 at 9:35:15 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsOct 21 at 03:05:17Oct 20 at 11:05:17 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsOct 21 at 04:09:09Oct 21 at 12:09:09 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.

The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.010.

The penumbral magnitude of the eclipse is 2.015.

The total duration of the eclipse is 5 hours, 23 minutes.

The total duration of the partial phases is 3 hours.

The duration of the full eclipse is 15 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: November 3–4, 2097 — Annular Solar Eclipse