A partial eclipse of the Moon occurred on Monday 5 December, 1881 UT (23 Nov, 1881 Old Style), with maximum eclipse at 17:08 UT. The Moon was almost covered by the Earth's shadow in a very deep partial eclipse, which lasted 3 hours and 21 minutes. With 98% of the Moon in shadow at maximum eclipse, this was quite a memorable event.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 5 hours and 44 minutes. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 21 minutes. Maximum eclipse was at 17:08:38 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was 10 days after perigee and 5 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.517° in apparent diameter, which is 2.6% 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 was visible within the bright area on the map. Note that the map is approximate, and if you were near the edge of the area of visibility, the moon was very close to the horizon and may not have been 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 Goddard Space flight Center: GSFC Eclipse Web SiteGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
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 was the 19th eclipse in lunar Saros series 133.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 17:08:38 on 5 Dec UT TDT Date/time (max) 17:08:33 on 5 Dec TDT
Saros Series 133 Number in Series 18
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.0386 Central Magnitiude 0.9751
Gamma -0.464 Path Width (km)
Delta T -1m-5s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h44m Partial Duration 3h21m
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147355767 km (5.4%) Moon Distance 391322 km (69.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.509° - 0.517°
Perigee 15:08 on 25 Nov UT Apogee 10:13 on 11 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 listingsGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. [NASA Goddard Space flight Center]
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
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.