May 2003 lunar eclipse
|Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15-16, 2003
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, 3:17 UTC
The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
|Series (and member)||121 (55)|
The moon's path across the Earth's shadow near its descending node in Libra.
This lunar eclipse is first of a tetrad, four total lunar eclipses in series. The previous series was in 1985 and 1986, starting with a May 1985 lunar eclipse The next will be in 2014 and 2015, starting with an April 2014 lunar eclipse.
Relation to other lunar eclipses
Lunar year series
It is also the second of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.
|Descending node||Ascending node|
|111||2002 May 26
||116||2002 Nov 20
||2003 May 16
||2003 Nov 09
||2004 May 04
||2004 Oct 28
||2005 Apr 24
||146||2005 Oct 17
|Last set||2002 Jun 24||Last set||2001 Dec 30|
|Next set||2006 Mar 14||Next set||2006 Sep 7|
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.
- List of lunar eclipses and List of 21st-century lunar eclipses
- November 2003 lunar eclipse
- October 2004 lunar eclipse
- May 2004 lunar eclipse
- 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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