A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on 3 March, 2007 AD 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:
|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|
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.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse at various stages. The bright area in the middle will see the whole eclipse; the coloured bands to the right will see the start of the eclipse, and those on the left will see the end. The orange band on the right will see the start of the total eclipse; the yellow band will see all of it, as will the cyan band on the left; and the blue band on the left will see its end. Note that the map is approximate, and if you are near the edge of the area of visibility, the moon will be very close to the horizon and may not be 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.
This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the eclipse. (Click on it for the full-sized version.) EclipseMaps/2007_03_03.gif
|Saros Series||123||Saros Number||51|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||2.3188||Central Magnitiude||1.2328|
|Gamma||0.3175||Path Width (km)|
|Delta T||65||Penumbral Duration||6 hours and 5 minutes|
|Partial Duration||3 hours and 41 minutes||Total Duration||1 hour and 13 minutes|
|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.