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March 2006 lunar eclipse


March 2006 lunar eclipse

Penumbral lunar eclipse
March 14-15, 2006

0:54 UT from Warrenton, Virginia
(Penumbral shadow visible faintly on the right an hour past greatest eclipse)

The moon passed right to left through the Earth's north penumbral shadow.
Series (and member) 113 (63)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Penumbral 04:52:00
P1 21:21:32 UTC
Greatest 23:47:32
P4 02:13:32 UTC

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]


  • Visibility 1
    • Map 1.1
  • Gallery 2
  • Relation to other lunar eclipses 3
    • Lunar year series (354 days) 3.1
    • Saros series 3.2
    • Metonic cycles (19 years) 3.3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


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

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



Relation to other lunar eclipses

Lunar year series (354 days)

Lunar eclipse series sets from 2006–2009
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros #
and photo
Saros #
and photo
2006 Mar 14
2006 Sep 7
2007 Mar 03
2007 Aug 28
2008 Feb 21
2008 Aug 16
2009 Feb 9
2009 Aug 06
Last set 2005 Apr 24 Last set 2005 Oct 17
Next set 2009 Dec 31 Next set 2009 Jul 07

Saros series

The eclipse belongs to Saros series 138, and is the 29th of 83 lunar eclipses in the series. The first penumbral eclipse of saros cycle 138 began on October 5, 1503, first partial eclipse on June 13, 1900, and total first will be on September 7, 2044. The last total eclipse will occur on June 8, 2495, last partial on August 13, 2603, and last penumbral eclipse on March 30, 2982.[2]

Metonic cycles (19 years)

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 also


  1. ^ , Jean Meeus, June 1980Total Penumbral Lunar Eclipses
  2. ^ Hermit Eclipse: Eclipse Search

External links

  • 2006 Mar 14 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
  • photo of partial [penumbral] eclipse on March 14th of 2006, Kennebunk, Maine
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