Partial Lunar Eclipse: September 7 2006

On September 7 2006, a very slender partial lunar eclipse will be visible over Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. This will be quite hard to see with the naked eye, as only a thin sliver of the Moon will be in the Earth's umbral shadow -- the umbral magnitude is just 0.190. Still, there should be a distinct shading visible over the Moon's surface at greatest eclipse, and you may be able to see a small bite taken out of the Moon.

The partial eclipse will begin at 18:05:03 UT and end just over 1½ hours later at 19:37:41 UT, with the moment of greatest eclipse at 18:51:21 UT. The penumbral phases of the eclipse begin at 16:42:23 UT and end at 21:00:20 UT; these will be visible over a slightly larger area.

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 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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