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December 2011 lunar eclipse

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December 2011 lunar eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse
December 9-11, 2011

Singapore, 14:40 UTC

The Moon passes right to left through the Earth's shadow
Series (and member) 135 (23 of 71)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 00:51:08
Partial 3:32:15
Penumbral 5:56:21
P1 11:33:36 UTC
U1 12:45:43 UTC
U2 14:06:16 UTC
Greatest 14:31:49 UTC
U3 14:57:24 UTC
U4 16:17:58 UTC
P4 17:29:57 UTC

The Moon's hourly motion across the Earth's shadow in the constellation of Taurus

A total lunar eclipse took place on December 10, 2011. It was the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the first having occurred on June 15. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned just right in its orbit to pass through Earth's shadow.


  • Visibility 1
  • Gallery 2
  • Contact timing by location 3
    • Times for Australia 3.1
    • Times for India 3.2
    • Times for North America 3.3
  • Related eclipses 4
  • Lunar year (354 days) 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


Asia, Australia, and other areas of the Pacific had the best visibility. European countries only saw a partial eclipse of a rising moon, while northwestern North America saw a partial eclipse of a setting moon.

The eclipse was seen over the Philippines despite cloudy and rainy weather over parts of Luzon and other areas. Photos were taken by groups of amateur astronomers from the Astronomical League of the Philippines (ALP).

South America and portions of West Africa missed the eclipse completely as it happened in the early morning.



Australia and Oceania

a series of 27 images of the moon during the eclipse
Sequence from 20:12 thru until 00:19wst(UTC +8) Serpentine Dam, Western Australia view right to left as the moon passed across the sky

Europe and Middle East

North America

Contact timing by location

Times for Australia

The eclipse occurred on Saturday evening in Australia. Eastern Daylight Saving Time: (+11:00 UTC)

  • Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 22:33:32 EDST
  • Partial Eclipse Begins: 23:45:42 EDST
  • Total Eclipse Begins: 01:06:16 EDST
  • Greatest Eclipse: 01:31:49 EDST
  • Total Eclipse Ends: 01:57:24 EDST
  • Partial Eclipse Ends: 03:17:58 EDST
  • Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 04:30:00 EDST

Times for India

The eclipse was visible from India in the evening, given in India Standard Time (UTC+5:30):

  • Penumbral eclipse begins (P1): 17:04 IST
  • Partial eclipse begins (U1): 18:16 IST
  • Total eclipse begins (U2): 19:36 IST
  • Mid-eclipse: 20:02 IST
  • Total eclipse ends (U3): 20:27 IST
  • Partial eclipse ends (U4): 21:48 IST
  • Penumbral eclipse ends (P4): 23:00 IST

Times for North America

The eclipse was visible on Saturday morning before sunrise over North America. For most location the moon set before full lunar eclipse. Only Alaska and northern most Canada will be able to witness the entire event.
Contact North America UTC
Penumbral begins (P1) 2:34 am 3:34 am 4:34 am 5:34 am 6:34 am 11:34
Partial begins (U1) 3:46 am 4:46 am 5:46 am 6:46 am 7:46 am 12:46
Totality begins (U2) 5:06 am 6:06 am 7:06 am 8:06 am 9:06 am 14:06
Mid-eclipse 5:32 am 6:32 am 7:32 am 8:32 am 9:32 am 14:32
Totality ends (U3) 5:57 am 6:57 am 7:57 am 8:57 am 9:57 am 14:57
Partial ends (U4) 7:18 am 8:18 am 9:18 am 10:18 am 11:18 am 16:18
Penumbral ends (P4) 8:30 am 9:30 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12:30 pm 17:30
(Table entries are given a dark background for invisibility due to moonset)

Related eclipses

It was preceded by the partial solar eclipse of November 25, 2011.

Lunar year (354 days)

This eclipse is the one of four lunar eclipses in a short-lived series. The lunar year series repeats after 12 lunations or 354 days (shifting back about 10 days in sequential years). Because of the date shift, the Earth's shadow will be about 11 degrees west in sequential events.

Lunar eclipse series sets from 2009–2013
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros #
Saros #
110 2009 July 07
2009 Dec 31
2010 June 26
2010 Dec 21
2011 June 15
2011 Dec 10
2012 June 04
145 2012 Nov 28
150 2013 May 25
Last set 2009 Aug 06 Last set 2009 Feb 9
Next set 2013 Apr 25 Next set 2013 Oct 18

See also

External links

  • 2011 Dec 10 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
  • Hermit eclipse: 2011-12-10
  • : December 10, 2011 Lunar Eclipse
  • Animation and time tables for US time zones
  • Sharypic World Contributions Gallery
  • photo album

Live Webcasts

  • Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi
  • Astronomers Without Borders
  • Live webcast of 10th Dec Lunar Eclipse
  • Night Skies Networks
  • Live webcast of 10th Dec Lunar Eclipse
  • SEMS University of North Dakota SEMS project 3 minutes of totality from Grand Forks.
  • SWAN from India.
  • Live Webcast of 10th Dec Lunar Eclipse
  • Lunar Eclipse over the Colorado Rocky Mountains
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