A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Sunday 16 July, 2000 UT, lasting from 10:48–17:02 UT. A dramatic total eclipse lasting 1 hour and 46 minutes plunged the full Moon into deep darkness, as it passed right through the centre of the Earth's umbral shadow. While the visual effect of a total eclipse is variable, the Moon may have been stained a deep orange or red colour at maximum eclipse. This was a great spectacle for everyone who saw it over the Pacific, Australia, and East Asia. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 56 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: 10:48:22 UT
Partial eclipse began: 11:57:35 UT
Total eclipse began: 13:02:23 UT
Maximum eclipse: 13:55:35 UT
Total eclipse ended: 14:48:47 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 15:53:35 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 17:02:46 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just a day past apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.498° in apparent diameter, which is 6.2% 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 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 3 eclipses:

This was the 37th eclipse in lunar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 13:55:35 on 16 Jul UT TDT Date/time (max) 13:56:39 on 16 Jul TDT
Saros Series 129 Number in Series 36
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.8375 Central Magnitiude 1.7684
Gamma 0.0302 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 6h14m Partial Duration 3h56m
Total Duration 1h46m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 152043459 km (102.3%) Moon Distance 405900 km (98.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.490° - 0.498°
Apogee 15:34 on 15 Jul UT Perigee 07:44 on 30 Jul UT
Contact p1 10:48:22 on 16 Jul UT Contact p2
Contact u1 11:57:35 on 16 Jul UT Contact u2 13:02:23 on 16 Jul UT
Max eclipse 13:55:35 on 16 Jul UT
Contact u3 14:48:47 on 16 Jul UT Contact u4 15:53:35 on 16 Jul UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 17:02:46 on 16 Jul 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.