21Feb2008

Total Lunar Eclipse: February 21 2008



The total lunar eclipse of February 21 2008 will be visible over the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.

The penumbral eclipse -- the least exciting, and hardest to see part -- will begin at 00:34:59 UT and end at 06:17:16 UT. It will be visible from western Asia, Europe and Africa when it begins around Moonset, the Americas, and the Pacific Ocean it ends at around Moonrise.

The partial eclipse will begin at 01:42:59 UT and end just under 3½ hours later at 05:09:07 UT, and will be visible from a slightly smaller area. The total eclipse lasts for over ½ an hour; it begins at 03:00:34 UT and ends at 03:51:32 UT, with the moment of greatest eclipse at 03:26:05 UT. It is visible over western Asia, most of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Americas (barring extreme southwestern Alaska), and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hawaii just misses out on the total eclipse, and will see the Moon rise about half eclipsed.

The total eclipse should be a spectacular sight, even though quite short-lived; although the Moon will be just within the Earth's umbral shadow (the umbral magnitude is 1.111), it should be visibly coloured by the Earth's atmosphere. Don't miss it!

More information on this eclipse may be found at Fred Espenak's site.

The following map shows the areas where the partial eclipse will be visible:


Visibility of the partial eclipse.

This map shows the position of the Moon (the cross in the centre) at the time of maximum eclipse. The darkened area sees the whole partial eclipse; the pink areas to the right see only the beginning; and the blue areas on the left see the end.

The following map shows the areas where the total eclipse will be visible:


Visibility of the total eclipse.

This map shows the position of the Moon (the cross in the centre) at the time of maximum eclipse. The darkened area sees the whole total eclipse; the pink areas to the right see only the beginning; and the blue areas on the left see the end. The moment of maximum eclipse will be visible from the darker pink and blue areas, and the whole of the darkened area.

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