A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Thursday 21 February, 2008 UT, lasting from 00:36–06:15 UT. A shallow total eclipse saw the Moon in relative darkness for 49 minutes and 48 seconds. The Moon was 11% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should have been significantly darkened for viewers over the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 25 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: 00:36:37 UT
Partial eclipse began: 01:43:18 UT
Total eclipse began: 03:01:09 UT
Maximum eclipse: 03:26:03 UT
Total eclipse ended: 03:50:54 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 05:08:45 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 06:15:35 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was 7 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.527° in apparent diameter, which is 0.7% 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 26th eclipse in lunar Saros series 133.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:26:03 on 21 Feb UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:27:09 on 21 Feb TDT
Saros Series 133 Number in Series 25
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.1451 Central Magnitiude 1.1062
Gamma -0.3992 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m06s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h39m Partial Duration 3h25m
Total Duration 49m48s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147922206 km (17.1%) Moon Distance 383739 km (54.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.539° Moon Diameter 0.519° - 0.527°
Perigee 01:08 on 14 Feb UT Apogee 01:27 on 28 Feb UT
Contact p1 00:36:37 on 21 Feb UT Contact p2
Contact u1 01:43:18 on 21 Feb UT Contact u2 03:01:09 on 21 Feb UT
Max eclipse 03:26:03 on 21 Feb UT
Contact u3 03:50:54 on 21 Feb UT Contact u4 05:08:45 on 21 Feb UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 06:15:35 on 21 Feb 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.