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August 30–31, 2156 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, Much of Asia, Much of Australia, Africa, South/East 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 beginsAug 30 at 20:38:25Aug 30 at 4:38:25 pmNo, below the horizon
Partial Eclipse beginsAug 30 at 21:32:37Aug 30 at 5:32:37 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse beginsAug 30 at 22:32:57Aug 30 at 6:32:57 pmNo, below the horizon
Maximum EclipseAug 30 at 23:14:55Aug 30 at 7:14:55 pmNo, below the horizon
Full Eclipse endsAug 30 at 23:56:53Aug 30 at 7:56:53 pmYes
Partial Eclipse endsAug 31 at 00:57:13Aug 30 at 8:57:13 pmYes
Penumbral Eclipse endsAug 31 at 01:51:26Aug 30 at 9:51:26 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

DataValueComments
Magnitude1.413Fraction of the Moon’s diameter covered by Earth’s umbra
Obscuration100.0%Percentage of the Moon's area covered by Earth's umbra
Penumbral magnitude2.355Fraction of the Moon's diameter covered by Earth's penumbra
Overall duration5 hours, 13 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of all eclipse phases
Duration of totality1 hour, 24 minutesPeriod between the beginning and end of the total phase
Duration of partial phases2 hours, 1 minuteCombined period of both partial phases
Duration of penumbral phases1 hour, 48 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 second eclipse this season.

First eclipse this season: August 16, 2156 — Partial Solar Eclipse