A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday 15 June, 2011 UT, lasting from 17:24–23:00 UT. A dramatic total eclipse lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes plunged the full Moon into deep darkness, as it passed right through the centre of the Earth's umbral shadow. While the visual effect of a total eclipse is variable, the Moon may have been stained a deep orange or red colour at maximum eclipse. This was a great spectacle for everyone who saw it from Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 39 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: 17:24:37 UT
Partial eclipse began: 18:22:57 UT
Total eclipse began: 19:22:29 UT
Maximum eclipse: 20:12:36 UT
Total eclipse ended: 21:02:42 UT
Partial eclipse ended: 22:02:14 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 23:00:41 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just 4 days past perigee, making it relatively large. At maximum eclipse it was 0.541° in apparent diameter, which is 1.8% larger 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 3 eclipses:

This was the 34th eclipse in lunar Saros series 130.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 20:12:36 on 15 Jun UT TDT Date/time (max) 20:13:43 on 15 Jun TDT
Saros Series 130 Number in Series 33
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.6868 Central Magnitiude 1.6999
Gamma 0.0897 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m07s Error ± 0m01s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h36m Partial Duration 3h39m
Total Duration 1h40m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151955979 km (100.5%) Moon Distance 374502 km (36.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.525° Moon Diameter 0.532° - 0.541°
Perigee 01:42 on 12 Jun UT Apogee 04:13 on 24 Jun UT
Contact p1 17:24:37 on 15 Jun UT Contact p2
Contact u1 18:22:57 on 15 Jun UT Contact u2 19:22:29 on 15 Jun UT
Max eclipse 20:12:36 on 15 Jun UT
Contact u3 21:02:42 on 15 Jun UT Contact u4 22:02:14 on 15 Jun UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 23:00:41 on 15 Jun 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.