A penumbral eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday 23 March, 2016 UT, lasting from 09:39–13:54 UT. This subtle penumbral eclipse eclipse may have been visible to a skilled observer at maximum eclipse. 77% of the Moon's disc was partially shaded by the Earth (none of it was in total shadow), which caused a gentle shadow gradient across its disc at maximum; the eclipse as a whole lasted 4 hours and 15 minutes. The Moon was visible from east Asia, Australia, and most of the Americas.

The timings of the eclipse are as follows. You would have been able to see the eclipse if the Moon was up as seen from your location; but note that this penumbral eclipse would have been very difficult to see in practice:

Penumbral eclipse began: 09:39:29 UT
Maximum eclipse: 11:47:12 UT
Penumbral eclipse ended: 13:54:50 UT

During this eclipse the Moon was just 2 days before apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it was 0.500° in apparent diameter, which is 5.9% 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 maximum eclipse, when it was visible within the bright area on the map. 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. The green marker in the centre shows where the Moon will be 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 18th eclipse in lunar Saros series 142.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 11:47:11 on 23 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 11:48:21 on 23 Mar TDT
Saros Series 142 Number in Series 17
Penumbral Magnitiude 0.7747 Central Magnitiude -0.3118
Gamma 1.1591 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m10s Error ± 0m03s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 4h15m Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 149123523 km (42.0%) Moon Distance 404612 km (95.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.535° Moon Diameter 0.492° - 0.500°
Perigee 07:02 on 10 Mar UT Apogee 14:17 on 25 Mar UT
Contact p1 09:39:29 on 23 Mar UT Contact p2
Contact u1 Contact u2
Max eclipse 11:47:12 on 23 Mar UT
Contact u3 Contact u4
Contact p3 Contact p4 13:54:50 on 23 Mar 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.