A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Wednesday 19 March, 2155 UT, with maximum eclipse at 03:07 UT. A shallow total eclipse will see the Moon in relative darkness for 35 minutes and 30 seconds. The Moon will be 5% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should be significantly darkened. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 23 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasts for 5 hours and 39 minutes. The partial eclipse lasts for 3 hours and 23 minutes. The total eclipse lasts for 35 minutes and 30 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 03:07:06 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon will be 6 days after apogee and 8 days before perigee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.525° in apparent diameter, which is 1.2% 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 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 125.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 03:07:06 on 19 Mar UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:12:45 on 19 Mar TDT
Saros Series 125 Number in Series 55
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.0892 Central Magnitiude 1.0517
Gamma 0.4293 Path Width (km)
Delta T 5m39s Error ± 3m08s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h39m Partial Duration 3h23m
Total Duration 35m30s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 148814509 km (35.6%) Moon Distance 385530 km (57.9%)
Sun Diameter 0.536° Moon Diameter 0.516° - 0.525°
Apogee 11:50 on 12 Mar UT Perigee 01:49 on 27 Mar 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.