A penumbral eclipse of the Moon occurred on Tuesday 14 March, 2006 UT, lasting from 21:23 on 14 Mar–02:11 on 15 Mar UT. In a rare total penumbral eclipse, the entire Moon was partially shaded by the Earth (though none of it was in complete shadow), and the shading across the Moon should have been quite visible at maximum eclipse to viewers over Asia (the beginning of the eclipse); Europe, Africa and west Asia (the whole eclipse); and the Americas barring western Canada and Alaska (the end of the eclipse). The penumbral phase lasted for 4 hours and 48 minutes in all, though for most of it, the eclipse was extremely difficult or impossible to see.

The timings of the eclipse are as follows. You would have been able to see the eclipse if the Moon was up as seen from your location; but note that this penumbral eclipse would have been very difficult to see in practice:

Penumbral eclipse began: 21:23:45 UT
Maximum eclipse: 23:47:29 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 02:11:12 on 15 Mar UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just 2 days past apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.499° in apparent diameter, which is 6.0% 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 63rd eclipse in lunar Saros series 113.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 23:47:29 on 14 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 23:48:34 on 14 Mar TDT
Saros Series 113 Number in Series 62
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.03 Central Magnitiude -0.0604
Gamma 1.021 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 4h48m Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148751912 km (34.3%) Moon Distance 405027 km (96.7%)
Sun Diameter 0.536° Moon Diameter 0.491° - 0.499°
Apogee 01:44 on 13 Mar UT Perigee 07:13 on 28 Mar UT
Contact p1 21:23:45 on 14 Mar UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 23:47:29 on 14 Mar UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 02:11:12 on 15 Mar 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.