A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on 3 March, 2007 AD 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. Note that 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

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. The orange band on the right saw the start of the total eclipse; the yellow band saw all of it, as did the cyan band on the left; and the blue band on the left saw its 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 52nd eclipse in Saros series 123. The previous eclipse in this series is on 20 Feb, 1989 AD; the next is on 14 Mar, 2025 AD.

The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 29 Jan, 1953 AD; the next is on 4 Apr, 2061 AD.

Eclipse Parameters

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
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

The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 23:21:59 on 3 Mar TDT.

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