A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Wednesday 22 December, 2466 UT, with maximum eclipse at 00:59 UT. The Moon will be plunged into darkness for 1 hour and 21 minutes, in a deep total eclipse which will see the Moon 34% 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. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 33 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasts for 5 hours and 40 minutes. The partial eclipse lasts for 3 hours and 33 minutes. The total eclipse lasts for 1 hour and 21 minutes. Maximum eclipse is at 00:59:45 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon will be 5 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.534° in apparent diameter, which is 0.5% 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 43rd eclipse in lunar Saros series 142.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 00:59:45 on 22 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 01:21:41 on 22 Dec TDT
Saros Series 142 Number in Series 42
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.371 Central Magnitiude 1.3398
Gamma -0.274 Path Width (km)
Delta T 21m56s Error ± 17m52s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h40m Partial Duration 3h33m
Total Duration 1h21m
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147276991 km (3.8%) Moon Distance 379246 km (45.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.525° - 0.534°
Perigee 00:46 on 17 Dec UT Apogee 15:21 on 29 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 22:11:47 UTC.