A partial eclipse of the Moon occurred on Saturday 16 August, 2008 UT, lasting from 18:24–23:55 UT. The Moon was strikingly shadowed in this deep partial eclipse which lasted 3 hours and 8 minutes, with 81% of the Moon in darkness at maximum. The eclipse was visible over most of Asia, Australasia, Europe, Africa, and south America.

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: 18:24:50 UT
Partial eclipse began: 19:36:05 UT
Maximum eclipse: 21:10:06 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 22:44:13 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 23:55:21 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was 6 days after apogee and 9 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.520° in apparent diameter, which is 2.1% 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. The bright area in the middle saw the whole eclipse; the yellow band to the right saw the start of the eclipse, and the blue band to 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 28th eclipse in lunar Saros series 138.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 21:10:06 on 16 Aug UT TDT Date/time (max) 21:11:12 on 16 Aug TDT
Saros Series 138 Number in Series 27
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.8366 Central Magnitiude 0.8076
Gamma 0.5646 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m06s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h31m Partial Duration 3h08m
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151455434 km (90.2%) Moon Distance 389181 km (65.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.527° Moon Diameter 0.511° - 0.520°
Apogee 20:19 on 10 Aug UT Perigee 03:45 on 26 Aug UT
Contact p1 18:24:50 on 16 Aug UT Contact p2
Contact u1 19:36:05 on 16 Aug UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 21:10:06 on 16 Aug UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 22:44:13 on 16 Aug UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 23:55:21 on 16 Aug 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.