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May 2003 lunar eclipse

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May 2003 lunar eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15, 2003

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, 3:17 UTC

The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
Series (and member) 121 (55)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 00:52:42
Partial 02:14:38
Penumbral 05:09:30
Contacts
P1 1:05:25 UTC
U1 2:02:51
U2 3:13:49
Greatest 3:40:11
U3 4:06:31
U4 5:17:29
P4 6:14:56

The moon's path across the Earth's shadow near its descending node in Libra.

A total lunar eclipse took place on May 16, 2003, the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2003, the other being on November 9, 2003.

This lunar eclipse is tetradfirst of a , four total lunar eclipses in series. The previous series was in 1985 and 1986, starting with a May 1985 lunar eclipse. The next one was in .

Contents

  • Visibility 1
  • Photo gallery 2
  • Relation to other lunar eclipses 3
    • Saros series 3.1
    • Lunar year series 3.2
    • Metonic series 3.3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

Visibility

Photo gallery

Relation to other lunar eclipses

Saros series

It is a member of Saros cycle 121.

Lunar year series

It is also the second of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.

Lunar eclipse series sets from 2002–2005
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros
Photo
Date
View
Type
Chart
Saros
Photo
Date
View
Type
Chart
111 2002 May 26
penumbral
116
2002 Nov 20
penumbral
121
2003 May 16
total
126
2003 Nov 09
total
131
2004 May 04
total
136
2004 Oct 28
total
141
2005 Apr 24
penumbral
146
2005 Oct 17
partial
Last set 2002 Jun 24 Last set 2001 Dec 30
Next set 2006 Mar 14 Next set 2006 Sep 7


Metonic series

This eclipse is the second of four Metonic cycle lunar eclipses on the same date, May 15–16, each separated by 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 be in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

  1. 1984 May 15 - penumbral (111)
  2. 2003 May 16 - total (121)
  3. 2022 May 16 - total (131)
  4. 2041 May 16 - penumbral (141)
  1. 1984 Nov 8 - penumbral (116)
  2. 2003 Nov 9 - total (126)
  3. 2022 Nov 8 - total (136)
  4. 2041 Nov 8 - partial (146)
  5. 2060 Nov 8 - penumbral (156)

See also

External links

  • Saros cycle 121
  • 2003 May 16 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
  • NASA Saros series 121
  • Lunar Eclipse Gallery
  • Pictures of the May 15-16 Lunar Eclipse
  • Prof. Druckmüller's eclipse photography site. Czech Republic


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