A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Sunday 6 October, 1968 UT, with maximum eclipse at 11:41 UT. A shallow total eclipse saw the Moon in relative darkness for 1 hour and 3 minutes. The Moon was 17% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should have been significantly darkened. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 34 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 5 hours and 52 minutes. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 34 minutes. The total eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 3 minutes. Maximum eclipse was at 11:41:56 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was 10 days after perigee and 5 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.514° in apparent diameter, which is 3.3% 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 17th eclipse in lunar Saros series 136.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 11:41:56 on 6 Oct UT TDT Date/time (max) 11:42:35 on 6 Oct TDT
Saros Series 136 Number in Series 16
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.2242 Central Magnitiude 1.1691
Gamma 0.3605 Path Width (km)
Delta T 0m39s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h52m Partial Duration 3h34m
Total Duration 1h03m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149508966 km (49.9%) Moon Distance 393915 km (74.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.533° Moon Diameter 0.505° - 0.514°
Perigee 20:26 on 25 Sep UT Apogee 17:06 on 11 Oct 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.