A partial eclipse of the Moon occurs on Friday 28 August, 2026 UT, lasting from 01:23–07:01 UT. The Moon will be almost covered by the Earth's shadow in a very deep partial eclipse, lasting 3 hours and 18 minutes and visible from the Americas and western Europe and Africa. With 93% of the Moon in shadow at maximum eclipse, this will be quite a memorable event.

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: 01:23:55 UT
Partial eclipse begins: 02:33:48 UT
Maximum eclipse: 04:12:49 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 05:51:55 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends: 07:01:41 UT

During this eclipse the Moon will be 6 days after apogee and 9 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.518° in apparent diameter, which is 2.4% 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 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 29th eclipse in lunar Saros series 138.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 04:12:49 on 28 Aug UT TDT Date/time (max) 04:14:04 on 28 Aug TDT
Saros Series 138 Number in Series 28
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.9645 Central Magnitiude 0.9299
Gamma 0.4964 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m15s Error ± 0m09s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h38m Partial Duration 3h18m
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151118452 km (83.2%) Moon Distance 390411 km (67.6%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.510° - 0.518°
Apogee 08:21 on 22 Aug UT Perigee 20:26 on 6 Sep UT
Contact p1 01:23:55 on 28 Aug UT Contact p2
Contact u1 02:33:48 on 28 Aug UT Contact u2
Max eclipse 04:12:49 on 28 Aug UT
Contact u3 Contact u4 05:51:55 on 28 Aug UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 07:01:41 on 28 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.