A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Saturday 18 April, 2144 UT, with maximum eclipse at 00:15 UT. The Moon will barely edge into total eclipse for a brief 7 minutes and 36 seconds. With the Moon just barely inside the Earth's umbral shadow, the Moon may be quite bright, but even so, this should be worth seeing. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 7 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasts for 5 hours and 3 minutes. The partial eclipse lasts for 3 hours and 7 minutes. The total eclipse lasts for 7 minutes and 36 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 00:15:16 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 at maximum eclipse, when it will be visible within the bright area on the map. 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. 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 56th eclipse in lunar Saros series 124.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 00:15:16 on 18 Apr UT TDT Date/time (max) 00:20:29 on 18 Apr TDT
Saros Series 124 Number in Series 55
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.9563 Central Magnitiude 1.0026
Gamma -0.4787 Path Width (km)
Delta T 5m13s Error ± 2m47s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h03m Partial Duration 3h07m
Total Duration 7m36s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 150117608 km (62.5%) Moon Distance 357509 km (2.2%)
Sun Diameter 0.531° Moon Diameter 0.557° - 0.567°
Perigee 12:59 on 17 Apr UT Apogee 10:36 on 30 Apr 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 22:11:47 UTC.