A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on 21 February, 2008 AD 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:
|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|
This was the 26th eclipse in Saros series 133. The previous eclipse in this series is on 9 Feb, 1990 AD; the next is on 3 Mar, 2026 AD. The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 19 Jan, 1954 AD; the next is on 25 Mar, 2062 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/2008_02_21.gif
|Saros Series||133||Saros Number||25|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||2.1451||Central Magnitiude||1.1062|
|Gamma||-0.3992||Path Width (km)|
|Delta T||66||Penumbral Duration||5 hours and 39 minutes|
|Partial Duration||3 hours and 25 minutes||Total Duration||49 minutes and 48 seconds|
|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|
The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 03:27:09 on 21 Feb TDT.