A partial eclipse of the Moon occurred on Thursday 7 September, 2006 UT, lasting from 16:44–20:58 UT. At maximum eclipse, a small bite out of the Moon should have been visible over Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. The eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 31 minutes, with just 18% of the Moon in shadow at maximum.

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: 16:44:07 UT
Partial eclipse began: 18:05:47 UT
Maximum eclipse: 18:51:19 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 19:36:53 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 20:58:30 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was at perigee, making it extremely large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.567° in apparent diameter, which is 6.8% larger 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. The bright area in the middle saw the whole eclipse; the yellow band to the right saw the start of the eclipse, and the blue band to 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 51st eclipse in lunar Saros series 118.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 18:51:20 on 7 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 18:52:25 on 7 Sep TDT
Saros Series 118 Number in Series 50
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.1329 Central Magnitiude 0.1837
Gamma -0.9262 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 4h14m Partial Duration 1h31m
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150737073 km (75.3%) Moon Distance 357293 km (1.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.529° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.567°
Apogee 01:23 on 26 Aug UT Perigee 03:08 on 8 Sep UT
Contact p1 16:44:07 on 7 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 18:05:47 on 7 Sep UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 18:51:19 on 7 Sep UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 19:36:53 on 7 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 20:58:30 on 7 Sep 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.