A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Sunday 2 April, 1950 UT, with maximum eclipse at 20:44 UT. The Moon barely edged into total eclipse for 26 minutes and 54 seconds. With the Moon just 3% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, the Moon may have been quite bright, but even so, this should have been worth seeing. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 10 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 5 hours and 7 minutes. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 10 minutes. The total eclipse lasted for 26 minutes and 54 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 20:44:05 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was just a day before perigee, making it extremely large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.564° in apparent diameter, which is 6.2% larger 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 30th eclipse in lunar Saros series 131.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 20:44:05 on 2 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 20:44:34 on 2 Apr TDT
Saros Series 131 Number in Series 29
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.9951 Central Magnitiude 1.0329
Gamma -0.4598 Path Width (km)
Delta T 0m29s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h07m Partial Duration 3h10m
Total Duration 26m54s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149569629 km (51.2%) Moon Distance 359394 km (6.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.533° Moon Diameter 0.554° - 0.564°
Apogee 10:51 on 22 Mar UT Perigee 20:00 on 3 Apr 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 22:11:46 UTC.