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A penumbral lunar eclipse took place at the Moon’s ascending node on February 11, 2017, the first of two lunar eclipses in 2017. It was not quite a total penumbral lunar eclipse. It occurred the same day as comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková made a close approach to Earth (0.08318 AU). It also occurred on the Lantern Festival, the first since February 9, 2009.

February 2017 lunar eclipse
Penumbral eclipse
Penumbral lunar eclipse 2017.02.11.jpg
From Rabka-Zdrój, Poland, 00:51 UTC
Date11 February 2017
Saros cycle114 (59 of 71)
Penumbral259 minutes, 10 seconds



It was visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia.

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 cycle 114.

Lunar Saros series 114, repeating every 18 years and 11 days, has a total of 71 lunar eclipse events including 13 total lunar eclipses.

First Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: 0971 May 13

First Partial Lunar Eclipse: 1115 Aug 07

First Total Lunar Eclipse: 1458 Feb 28

First Central Lunar Eclipse: 1530 Apr 12

Greatest Eclipse of Lunar Saros 114: 1584 May 24

Last Central Lunar Eclipse: 1638 Jun 26

Last Total Lunar Eclipse: 1674 Jul 17

Last Partial Lunar Eclipse: 1890 Nov 26

Last Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: 2233 Jun 22

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 annular solar eclipses of Solar Saros 121.

February 7, 2008 February 17, 2026

See alsoEdit


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

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