A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Sunday 31 December, 2028 UT, lasting from 14:03–19:40 UT. The Moon will be plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 11 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which will see the Moon 25% of its diameter inside the Earth's umbral shadow. The visual effect of this depends on the state of the Earth's atmosphere, but the Moon may be stained a deep red colour for observers in north-east Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, north-western Canada, and Alaska. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 29 minutes in total.

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: 14:03:49 UT
Partial eclipse begins: 15:07:35 UT
Total eclipse begins: 16:16:19 UT
Maximum eclipse: 16:51:58 UT
Total eclipse ends: 17:27:40 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 18:36:24 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends: 19:40:02 UT

During this eclipse the Moon will be just 4 days before perigee, making it relatively large. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.536° in apparent diameter, which is 1.0% 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 will see the whole eclipse; the coloured bands to the right will see the start of the eclipse, and those on 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 49th eclipse in lunar Saros series 125.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 16:51:58 on 31 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 16:53:15 on 31 Dec TDT
Saros Series 125 Number in Series 48
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.2742 Central Magnitiude 1.2463
Gamma 0.3258 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m17s Error ± 0m11s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h36m Partial Duration 3h29m
Total Duration 1h11m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147100383 km (0.1%) Moon Distance 377589 km (42.1%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.527° - 0.536°
Apogee 21:01 on 23 Dec UT Perigee 04:17 on 5 Jan UT
Contact p1 14:03:49 on 31 Dec UT Contact p2
Contact u1 15:07:35 on 31 Dec UT Contact u2 16:16:19 on 31 Dec UT
Max eclipse 16:51:58 on 31 Dec UT
Contact u3 17:27:40 on 31 Dec UT Contact u4 18:36:24 on 31 Dec UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 19:40:02 on 31 Dec 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.