September 1979 lunar eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse
September 6, 1979
(No photo)
Lunar eclipse chart close-1979Sep06.png
The moon passes west to east (right to left) across the Earth's umbral shadow, shown in hourly intervals.
Series 137 (24 of 81)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 0:44:24.7
Partial 3:11:54.1
Penumbral 5:05:15.4
Contacts
P1 08:21:34.5 UTC
U1 09:18:14.6
U2 10:31:59.4
Greatest 10:54:11.9
U3 11:16:24.1
U4 12:30:08.8
P4 13:26:49.9

A total lunar eclipse took place on September 6, 1979, the second of two lunar eclipses in 1979. A shallow total eclipse saw the Moon in relative darkness for 44 minutes and 24.7 seconds. The Moon was 9.358% of its diameter into the Earth's umbral shadow, and should have been significantly darkened. The partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours, 11 minutes and 54.1 seconds in total.[1]

This event followed the annular solar eclipse of August 22, 1979.

VisibilityEdit

 

Related lunar eclipsesEdit

Eclipses in 1979Edit

Lunar year seriesEdit

Lunar eclipse series sets from 1977–1980
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
Gamma Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
Gamma
112 1977 Apr 04
 
Partial
 
-0.91483 117 1977 Sep 27
 
Penumbral
 
1.07682
122 1978 Mar 24
 
Total
 
-0.21402 127 1978 Sep 16
 
Total
 
0.29510
132 1979 Mar 13
 
Partial
 
0.52537 137 1979 Sep 06
 
Total
 
-0.43050
142 1980 Mar 01
 
Penumbral
 
1.22701 147 1980 Aug 26
 
Penumbral
 
-1.16082
Last set 1976 May 13 Last set 1976 Nov 06
Next set 1981 Jan 20 Next set 1980 Jul 27

Half-Saros cycleEdit

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[2] This lunar eclipse is related to two annular solar eclipses of Solar Saros 144.

August 31, 1970 September 11, 1988
   

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 137
  2. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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