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Total Lunar Eclipse
March 3–4, 2007
Red moon during lunar eclipse.jpg
The moon in the Earth's northern half umbral shadow during totality, at 23:29 UTC
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The moon's path through the Earth's northern umbral shadow.
Series (and member) 123 (57 of 73)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 1:13:21
Partial 3:41:04
Penumbral 6:05:26
Contacts (UTC)
P1 20:18:11
U1 21:30:20
U2 22:44:12
Greatest 23:20:53
U3 23:57:33
U4 1:11:24 (Mar 4)
P4 2:23:37 (Mar 4)
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Eclipse across descending node in Leo

A total lunar eclipse took place on March 3, 2007, the first of two eclipses in 2007. The moon entered the penumbral shadow at 20:18 UTC, and the umbral shadow at 21:30 UTC. The total phase lasted between 22:44 UTC and 23:58 UTC with a distinctive brick-red shade (L=3 to L=4 on the Danjon scale). The moon left the umbra shadow at 01:11 UTC and left the penumbra shadow at 02:24 UTC 2007-03-04.[1] The second lunar eclipse of 2007 occurred on August 28.[2][3]

The previous lunar eclipse on September 7, 2006 was partial.

This eclipse is the first of two lunar eclipses to occur in 2007, the second being on 28 August 2007.

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ViewingEdit

The whole event was visible from Europe, Africa, parts of South America, and some areas of North America, Asia, and Western Australia. In North America, part of the event was visible at moonrise.

 
This simulated view of the earth from the center of the moon during the lunar eclipse shows where the eclipse is visible on earth.

MapEdit

 

 
NASA chart of the eclipse

Relation to other lunar eclipsesEdit

Lunar year seriesEdit


Metonic cycle (19 years)Edit

The Metonic cycle repeats nearly exactly every 19 years and represents a Saros cycle plus one lunar year. Because it occurs on the same calendar date, the earth's shadow will be in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

  1. 1988 Mar 03 – Partial (113)
  2. 2007 Mar 03 – Total (123)
  3. 2026 Mar 03 – Total (133)
  4. 2045 Mar 03 – Penumbral (143)
  1. 1988 Aug 27 – partial (118)
  2. 2007 Aug 28 – total (128)
  3. 2026 Aug 28 – partial (138)
  4. 2045 Aug 27 – penumbral (148)
   

Saros seriesEdit

Lunar saros series 123, repeating every 18 years and 11 days, has 25 total lunar eclipses. The first total lunar eclipse of this series was on July 16, 1628, and last will be on April 4, 2061. The two longest occurrence of this series were on September 20, 1736 and October 1, 1754 when totality lasted 106 minutes.[4]

It last occurred on February 20, 1989 and will next occur on March 14, 2025.

Half-Saros cycleEdit

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[5] This lunar eclipse is related to two total solar eclipses of Solar Saros 130.

February 26, 1998 March 9, 2016
   

Photo galleryEdit

Collages
 
From Leeds, England.
 
Stevenage, England
 
From Madrid, Spain
 
From Degania A, Israel.
 
Persian Gulf

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Total lunar eclipse of 2007 Mar 03" (PDF). NASA. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-04.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "First Total Lunar Eclipse in 3 Years". KABC-TV. AP. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  3. ^ Alexa, Dan Nicolae (2007-03-05). "Total Lunar Eclipse Over, Next One in August 28 This Year". Playfuls.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  4. ^ Listing of Eclipses of cycle 123
  5. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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