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June 2012 lunar eclipse

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June 2012 lunar eclipse

Partial Lunar Eclipse
June 4, 2012

The moon passed partially into the northern umbral shadow of the Earth.
Series (and member) 140 (25 of 80)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Partial 02:06:35
Penumbral 4:30:02
P1 8:48:11 UTC
U1 09:59:53 UTC
Greatest 11:03:12 UTC
U4 12:06:28 UTC
P4 13:18:13 UTC

The moon's hourly motion across the Earth's shadow in the constellation of Ophiuchus (north of Scorpius)

A partial lunar eclipse took place on June 4, 2012. It was the first of two lunar eclipses occurring in 2012, the second eclipse set to happen on November 28. The moon was about one third covered by the Earth's northern umbral shadow at maximum eclipse. The portion of the moon inside the umbral shadow was illuminated by sunlight refracted through the Earth's atmosphere, thus much dimmer, and having a reddish hue.


  • Visibility 1
  • Gallery 2
  • Related eclipses 3
    • Lunar year (354 days) 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


This lunar eclipse, occurring during June's "Strawberry" full moon[1] was completely visible over Australia, rising over eastern Asia and setting over western North America. New England and eastern Canada missed the entire eclipse since the event began after moonset in those regions. The eclipse was visible in the central United States.

Amongst those in North America, observers in western Canada and the USA had the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse.

This simulation shows the earth at the time of greatest eclipse as viewed from the center of the moon. The sun is seen here as a partial solar eclipse over the Earth's north pole.


Related eclipses

Lunar year (354 days)

This eclipse was one of five 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


  1. ^

External links

  • 2012 Jun 04 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
  • Hermit eclipse: 2012-06-04
  • Lunar Eclipse Monday, June 4, 2012
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