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A partial lunar eclipse took place at the Moon’s descending node on August 7/8, 2017, the second of two lunar eclipses in 2017. The Moon was only slightly covered by the Earth's umbral shadow at maximum eclipse.

August 2017 lunar eclipse
Partial eclipse
Lunar eclipse of 2017 August 7 Kuwait.jpg
Partiality from Kuwait, 18:14 UTC
Date7 August 2017
Saros cycle119 (62 of 83)
Partiality115 minutes, 14 seconds
Penumbral300 minutes, 53 seconds

The moon inside the umbral shadow was a subtle red, but hard to see in contrast to the much brighter moon in the outer penumbral shadow.

The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 occurred fourteen days later, in the same eclipse season. It was the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since the solar eclipse of February 26, 1979.



It was visible over eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia with maximal visibility centered on Indian Ocean.

View of earth from moon during greatest eclipse
Visibility map


Related eclipsesEdit

Eclipses of 2017Edit

Lunar year seriesEdit

Saros seriesEdit

It is part of Saros series 119 (member 61 of 82).

Half-Saros cycleEdit

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[1] This lunar eclipse is related to two total solar eclipses of Solar Saros 126.

August 1, 2008 August 12, 2026

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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