A partial eclipse of the Moon occurred on 7 September, 2006 AD 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. Note that 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

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 stage of the eclipse each circle represents. 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 51st eclipse in Saros series 118. The previous eclipse in this series is on 27 Aug, 1988 AD; the next is on 18 Sep, 2024 AD.

The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 5 Aug, 1952 AD; the next is on 9 Oct, 2060 AD.

Eclipse Parameters

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
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

The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 18:52:25 on 7 Sep TDT.

Data last updated: 2014-10-24 20:03:28 UTC (1414181008).