March 2006 lunar eclipse
|Penumbral lunar eclipse
March 14, 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)|
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.
It was completely visible over Africa and Europe, seen rising over eastern North America, all of South America, and setting over western Asia.
Relation to other lunar eclipses
Lunar year series (354 days)
|Descending node||Ascending node|
||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|
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.
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.
- List of lunar eclipses and List of 21st-century lunar eclipses
- May 2003 lunar eclipse
- November 2003 lunar eclipse
- May 2004 lunar eclipse
- File:2006-03-14 Lunar Eclipse Sketch.gif Chart
- 2006 Mar 14 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
- photo of partial [penumbral] eclipse on March 14th of 2006, Kennebunk, Maine