A total eclipse of the Moon occurred on Sunday 30 January, 1972 UT, with maximum eclipse at 10:53 UT. The Moon barely edged into total eclipse for 34 minutes and 48 seconds. With the Moon just 5% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, the Moon may have been quite bright, but even so, this should have been worth seeing. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 23 minutes in total.

The penumbral eclipse lasted for 5 hours and 40 minutes. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 23 minutes. The total eclipse lasted for 34 minutes and 48 seconds. Maximum eclipse was at 10:53:23 UT.

During this eclipse the Moon was 8 days after perigee and 6 days before apogee. At maximum eclipse it was 0.524° in apparent diameter, which is 1.3% 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 24th eclipse in lunar Saros series 133.The surrounding eclipses in this Saros series are:

Eclipse Parameters

UT Date/time (max) 10:53:23 on 30 Jan UT TDT Date/time (max) 10:54:05 on 30 Jan TDT
Saros Series 133 Number in Series 23
Penumbral Magnitiude 2.0987 Central Magnitiude 1.0497
Gamma -0.4273 Path Width (km)
Delta T 0m42s Error ± 0m00s (95%)
Penumbral Duration 5h40m Partial Duration 3h23m
Total Duration 34m48s
Partial Rating Total Rating
Sun Distance 147355292 km (5.4%) Moon Distance 385969 km (58.8%)
Sun Diameter 0.541° Moon Diameter 0.516° - 0.524°
Perigee 05:33 on 22 Jan UT Apogee 00:46 on 6 Feb 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.