A total eclipse of the Moon occurs on Tuesday 17 May, 2478 UT, with maximum eclipse at 02:50 UT. A shallow total eclipse will see the Moon in relative darkness for 54 minutes and 18 seconds. The Moon will be 12% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should be significantly darkened. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 33 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasts for 5 hours and 52 minutes. The partial eclipse lasts for 3 hours and 33 minutes. The total eclipse lasts for 54 minutes and 18 seconds. Maximum eclipse is at 02:50:54 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon will be just 4 days before apogee, making it relatively small. At maximum eclipse it will be 0.510° in apparent diameter, which is 3.9% 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 29th eclipse in lunar Saros series 148.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 02:50:54 on 17 May UT TDT Date/time (max) 03:13:38 on 17 May TDT
Saros Series 148 Number in Series 28
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.1715 Central Magnitiude 1.12
Gamma 0.3883 Path Width (km)
Delta T 22m44s Error ± 18m36s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h52m Partial Duration 3h33m
Total Duration 54m18s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 151011060 km (81.0%) Moon Distance 396522 km (79.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.528° Moon Diameter 0.502° - 0.510°
Perigee 21:59 on 5 May UT Apogee 19:01 on 21 May 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.