A partial eclipse of the Moon occurs on Wednesday 18 September, 2024 UT, lasting from 00:41–04:47 UT. A tiny bite out of the Moon may be visible at maximum, though just 8% of the Moon will be shadowed in a partial eclipse lasting for 1 hour and 3 minutes and visible across the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. A shading across the moon from the Earth's penumbral shadow should be visible at maximum eclipse.

The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows. You will be able to see each phase of the eclipse if the Moon is up at the corresponding time as seen from your location; however the penumbral phase will be very difficult to see in practice, so you may want to start watching at the partial phase:

Penumbral eclipse begins: 00:41:02 UT
Partial eclipse begins: 02:12:48 UT
Maximum eclipse: 02:44:10 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 03:15:35 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends: 04:47:18 UT

During this eclipse the Moon will be at perigee, making it extremely large. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.567° in apparent diameter, which is 6.7% 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. The bright area in the middle will see the whole eclipse; the yellow band to the right will see the start of the eclipse, and the blue band to the left will see the 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 will be visible from each area on the map. 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 is the 52nd eclipse in lunar Saros series 118.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:44:11 on 18 Sep UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:45:25 on 18 Sep TDT
Saros Series 118 Number in Series 51
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.0372 Central Magnitiude 0.0848
Gamma -0.9792 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m14s Error ± 0m08s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 4h06m Partial Duration 1h03m
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150314915 km (66.6%) Moon Distance 357480 km (2.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.531° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.567°
Apogee 14:55 on 5 Sep UT Perigee 13:27 on 18 Sep UT
Contact p1 00:41:02 on 18 Sep UT Contact p2
Contact u1 02:12:48 on 18 Sep UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 02:44:10 on 18 Sep UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 03:15:35 on 18 Sep UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 04:47:18 on 18 Sep 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.