A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Saturday 3 March, 2007 UT, lasting from 20:18 on 3 Mar–02:23 on 4 Mar UT. The Moon was plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 13 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which saw the Moon 23% of its diameter inside the Earth's umbral shadow. The visual effect of this depends on the state of the Earth's atmosphere, but the Moon may have been stained a deep red colour for observers over the eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 41 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: 20:18:11 UT
Partial eclipse began: 21:30:20 UT
Total eclipse began: 22:44:12 UT
Maximum eclipse: 23:20:53 UT
Total eclipse ended: 23:57:33 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 01:11:24 on 4 Mar UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 02:23:37 on 4 Mar UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just 3 days before apogee, making it fairly small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.503° in apparent diameter, which is 5.3% 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 52nd eclipse in lunar Saros series 123.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 23:20:54 on 3 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 23:21:59 on 3 Mar TDT
Saros Series 123 Number in Series 51
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.3188 Central Magnitiude 1.2328
Gamma 0.3175 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m05s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 6h05m Partial Duration 3h41m
Total Duration 1h13m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148309757 km (25.1%) Moon Distance 402204 km (91.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.538° Moon Diameter 0.495° - 0.503°
Perigee 09:35 on 19 Feb UT Apogee 03:38 on 7 Mar UT
Contact p1 20:18:11 on 3 Mar UT Contact p2
Contact u1 21:30:20 on 3 Mar UT Contact u2 22:44:12 on 3 Mar UT
Max eclipse 23:20:53 on 3 Mar UT
Contact u3 23:57:33 on 3 Mar UT Contact u4 01:11:24 on 4 Mar UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 02:23:37 on 4 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.