A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Thursday 7 August, 2036 UT, lasting from 23:45 on 6 Aug–05:57 UT. The Moon will be plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 35 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which will see the Moon 45% 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 most of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 51 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: 23:45:07 on 6 Aug UT
Partial eclipse begins: 00:55:30 UT
Total eclipse begins: 02:03:31 UT
Maximum eclipse: 02:51:10 UT
Total eclipse ends: 03:38:50 UT
Partial eclipse ends: 04:46:50 UT
Penumbral eclipse ends: 05:57:14 UT

During this eclipse the Moon will be at apogee, making it very small. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.498° in apparent diameter, which is 6.3% 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 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 3 eclipses:

This is the 39th eclipse in lunar Saros series 129.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:51:10 on 7 Aug UT TDT Date/time (max) 02:52:32 on 7 Aug TDT
Saros Series 129 Number in Series 38
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.5266 Central Magnitiude 1.4544
Gamma 0.2004 Path Width (km)
Delta T 1m22s Error ± 0m17s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 6h12m Partial Duration 3h51m
Total Duration 1h35m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151706827 km (95.4%) Moon Distance 406208 km (99.0%)
Sun Diameter 0.526° Moon Diameter 0.490° - 0.498°
Apogee 20:00 on 6 Aug UT Perigee 04:28 on 21 Aug UT
Contact p1 23:45:07 on 6 Aug UT Contact p2
Contact u1 00:55:30 on 7 Aug UT Contact u2 02:03:31 on 7 Aug UT
Max eclipse 02:51:10 on 7 Aug UT
Contact u3 03:38:50 on 7 Aug UT Contact u4 04:46:50 on 7 Aug UT
Contact p3 Contact p4 05:57:14 on 7 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.