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Penumbral lunar eclipse
March 14-15, 2006
Penumbral lunar eclipse 2006 March 14 Warrenton VA.jpg
0:54 UT from Warrenton, Virginia
(Penumbral shadow visible faintly on the right an hour past greatest eclipse)
Lunar eclipse chart close-06mar14.png
The moon passed right to left through the Earth's northern penumbral shadow.
Series (and member) 113 (63)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Penumbral 4:47:27
Contacts
P1 21:23:45 UTC
Greatest 23:47:29
P4 2:11:12 (Mar 15)
Lunar eclipse chart-2006Mar14.png
The moon's path across shadow in Virgo.

A penumbral lunar eclipse took place on March 14, 2006, the first of two lunar eclipses in 2006.

This was a relatively rare total penumbral lunar eclipse with the moon passing entirely within the penumbral shadow without entering the darker umbral shadow.[1]

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VisibilityEdit

It was completely visible over Africa and Europe, seen rising over eastern North America, all of South America, and setting over western Asia.

 
NASA chart of the eclipse

 
A simulated view of the earth from the center of the moon at maximum eclipse.

MapEdit

 

GalleryEdit

Relation to other lunar eclipsesEdit

Lunar year series (354 days)Edit


Saros seriesEdit

The eclipse belongs to Saros series 113, and is the 63rd of 71 lunar eclipses in the series. The first penumbral eclipse of saros cycle 113 began on April 29, 888 AD, first partial eclipse on July 14, 1014, and total first was on March 20, 1429. The last total eclipse occurred on August 7, 1645, last partial on February 21, 1970, and last penumbral eclipse on June 10, 2150.[2]

Half-Saros cycleEdit

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[3] This lunar eclipse is related to two total solar eclipses of Solar Saros 120.

March 9, 1997 March 20, 2015
   

Metonic cycles (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 in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

  1. 2006 Mar 14 - penumbral (113)
  2. 2025 Mar 14 - total (123)
  3. 2044 Mar 13 - total (133)
  4. 2064 Mar 14- partial (143)
  1. 2006 Sep 07 - penumbral (118)
  2. 2025 Sep 07 - total (128)
  3. 2044 Sep 07 - partial (138)
  4. 2063 Sep 07 - penumbral (148)
 

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Total Penumbral Lunar Eclipses, Jean Meeus, June 1980
  2. ^ Hermit Eclipse: Eclipse Search
  3. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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