A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on 20 January, 1562 UT Old Style, with maximum eclipse at 13:41 UT. A shallow total eclipse saw the Moon in relative darkness for 38 minutes exactly. The Moon was 6% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should have been significantly darkened. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 30 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 5 hours and 56 minutes. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 30 minutes. The total eclipse lasted for 38 minutes exactly. Maximum eclipse was at 13:41:19 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was just 4 days past apogee, making it fairly small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.507° in apparent diameter, which is 4.4% smaller than average. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse at maximum eclipse, when it was visible within the bright area on the map. Note that the map is approximate, and if you were near the edge of the area of visibility, the moon was very close to the horizon and may not have been practically visible.

You can use the zoom controls to zoom in and out, and pan to see areas of interest. The green marker in the centre shows where the Moon will be directly overhead at maximum eclipse.

Overview Map

This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)

Eclipse Season and Saros Series

This eclipse season contains 2 eclipses:

This was the 54th eclipse in lunar Saros series 107.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 13:41:19 on 20 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:43:40 on 20 Jan TDT
Saros Series 107 Number in Series 53
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.1384 Central Magnitiude 1.0565
Gamma 0.4147 Path Width (km)
Delta T 2m21s Error ± 0m39s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h56m Partial Duration 3h30m
Total Duration 38m00s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147506985 km (8.5%) Moon Distance 398517 km (83.7%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.499° - 0.507°
Apogee 06:57 on 16 Jan UT Perigee 07:39 on 1 Feb UT

Note that while all dates and times on this site (except where noted) are in UT, which is within a second of civil time, the dates and times shown in NASA's eclipse listings are in the TDT timescale.

The Sun and Moon distances are shown in km, and as a percentage of their minimum - maximum distances; hence 0% is the closest possible (Earth's perihelion, or the Moon's closest possible perigee) and 100% is the farthest (aphelion, the farthest apogee). The statistics page has information on the ranges of sizes of the Sun and Moon.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:45 UTC.