A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Sunday 9 November, 2003 UT, lasting from 22:16 on 8 Nov–04:20 UT. The Moon barely edged into total eclipse for 22 minutes exactly. With the Moon just 2% 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 for observers over the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 31 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: 22:16:59 on 8 Nov UT
Partial eclipse began: 23:32:50 on 8 Nov UT
Total eclipse began: 01:07:34 UT
Maximum eclipse: 01:18:33 UT
Total eclipse ended: 01:29:32 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 03:04:15 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 04:20:08 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just a day before apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.498° in apparent diameter, which is 6.1% 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 2 eclipses:

This was the 44th eclipse in lunar Saros series 126.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 01:18:34 on 9 Nov UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:19:38 on 9 Nov TDT
Saros Series 126 Number in Series 43
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.1139 Central Magnitiude 1.0178
Gamma -0.4319 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m04s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 6h03m Partial Duration 3h31m
Total Duration 22m00s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148195853 km (22.8%) Moon Distance 405607 km (97.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.538° Moon Diameter 0.491° - 0.498°
Perigee 11:34 on 26 Oct UT Apogee 12:06 on 10 Nov UT
Contact p1 22:16:59 on 8 Nov UT Contact p2
Contact u1 23:32:50 on 8 Nov UT Contact u2 01:07:34 on 9 Nov UT
Max eclipse 01:18:33 on 9 Nov UT
Contact u3 01:29:32 on 9 Nov UT Contact u4 03:04:15 on 9 Nov UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 04:20:08 on 9 Nov 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.