A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Friday 21 January, 2000 UT, lasting from 02:04–07:22 UT. The Moon was plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 17 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which saw the Moon 32% of its diameter inside the Earth's umbral shadow. The visual effect of this depends on the state of the Earth's atmosphere, but the Moon may have been stained a deep red colour for observers over Europe, western Africa, and North and South America. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 23 minutes in total.

The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows. You would have been able to see each phase of the eclipse if the Moon was up at the corresponding time as seen from your location; however the penumbral phase would have been very difficult to see in practice:

Penumbral eclipse began: 02:04:26 UT
Partial eclipse began: 03:01:50 UT
Total eclipse began: 04:05:01 UT
Maximum eclipse: 04:43:31 UT
Total eclipse ended: 05:22:00 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 06:25:09 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 07:22:38 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just a day past perigee, making it very large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.562° in apparent diameter, which is 5.7% larger than average. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon.


The total lunar eclipse, in the last minute of totality.

Interactive Map

This map shows the visibility of the eclipse at various stages. The bright area in the middle saw the whole eclipse; the coloured bands to the right saw the start of the eclipse, and those on the left saw the end. 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. Hover your mouse over the tags to see what was visible from each area on the map. The green marker in the centre shows where the Moon was 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 48th eclipse in lunar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 04:43:30 on 21 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 04:44:34 on 21 Jan TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 47
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.306 Central Magnitiude 1.3246
Gamma -0.2957 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h18m Partial Duration 3h23m
Total Duration 1h17m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147206533 km (2.3%) Moon Distance 360765 km (8.7%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.552° - 0.562°
Perigee 22:47 on 19 Jan UT Apogee 01:20 on 1 Feb UT
Contact p1 02:04:26 on 21 Jan UT Contact p2
Contact u1 03:01:50 on 21 Jan UT Contact u2 04:05:01 on 21 Jan UT
Max eclipse 04:43:31 on 21 Jan UT
Contact u3 05:22:00 on 21 Jan UT Contact u4 06:25:09 on 21 Jan UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 07:22:38 on 21 Jan 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.