|Total Lunar Eclipse|
March 13, 1960
The moon passes west to east (right to left) across the Earth's umbral shadow, shown in hourly intervals.
|Series||122 (53 of 75)|
This eclipse afforded astrophysicist Richard W. Shorthill the opportunity to make the first infrared pyrometric temperature scans of the lunar surface, and led to his discovery of the first lunar "hot spot" observed from Earth. Shorthill found that the temperature of the floor of the Tycho crater was 216° Kelvin (—57° C), significantly higher than the 160°K (—113° C) in the area around the crater.
It was visible from North America, seen rising from Australia, and eastern Asia, and setting from South America, western Europe and Africa.
Related lunar eclipsesEdit
Lunar year seriesEdit
|Ascending node||Descending node|
|102||1958 Apr 4
|112||1959 Mar 24
||117||1959 Sep 17
|122||1960 Mar 13
||127||1960 Sep 5
|132||1961 Mar 2
||137||1961 Aug 26
|142||1962 Feb 19
||147||1962 Aug 15
|Last set||1958 May 3||Last set||1958 Oct 27|
|Next set||1963 Jan 9||Next set||1962 Jul 17|
It was part of Saros series 122.
- Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 122
- F. Link, Eclipse Phenomena in Astronomy (Springer, 2012) p119