A penumbral eclipse of the Moon occurred on Wednesday 9 January, 1963 UT, with maximum eclipse at 23:19 UT. In a rare total penumbral eclipse, the entire Moon was partially shaded by the Earth (though none of it was in complete shadow), and the shading across the Moon should have been quite visible at maximum eclipse. The penumbral phase lasted for 4 hours and 25 minutes in all, though for most of it, the eclipse was extremely difficult or impossible to see.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 4 hours and 25 minutes. Maximum eclipse was at 23:19:07 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was 5 days after perigee and 7 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.532° in apparent diameter, which is around average. The statistics page has information on the ranges of the sizes of the Sun and Moon, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

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 56th eclipse in lunar Saros series 114.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

This Saros series, lunar Saros series 114, is linked to solar Saros series 121. The nearest partner eclipses in that series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 23:19:07 on 9 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 23:19:42 on 9 Jan TDT
Saros Series 114 Number in Series 55
Penumbral Magnitiude 1.018 Central Magnitiude -0.0185
Gamma -1.0128 Path Width (km)
Delta T 0m35s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 4h25m Partial Duration
Total Duration
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147107812 km (0.3%) Moon Distance 380737 km (48.4%)
Sun Diameter 0.542° Moon Diameter 0.523° - 0.532°
Perigee 08:17 on 4 Jan UT Apogee 08:04 on 17 Jan 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, and the Moon data page displays detailed information on the Moon's key dates.

Data last updated: 2015-06-21 22:11:46 UTC.