May 2003 lunar eclipse

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Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15-16, 2003
Lunar eclipse May 2003-TLR75.jpg
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, 3:17 UTC
Lunar eclipse chart close-03may16.png
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 01:05:25 UTC
U1 02:02:51 UTC
U2 03:13:49 UTC
Greatest 03:40:11
U3 04:06:31 UTC
U4 05:17:29 UTC
P4 06:14:56 UTC
Lunar eclipse chart-03may16.png
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 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.

Visibility[edit]

Lunar eclipse from moon-2003May16.png

Photo gallery[edit]

Relation to other lunar eclipses[edit]

Saros series[edit]

It is a member of Saros cycle 121.

Lunar year series[edit]

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
Lunar eclipse from moon-2002May26.png
penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-2002May26.png
116 2002 Nov 20
Lunar eclipse from moon-2002Nov20.png
penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-2002Nov20.png
121
Lunar eclipse May 2003-TLR75.jpg
2003 May 16
Lunar eclipse from moon-2003May16.png
total
Lunar eclipse chart close-03may16.png
126
Lunar eclipse November 2003-TLR63.jpg
2003 Nov 09
Lunar eclipse from moon-2003Nov09.png
total
Lunar eclipse chart close-03nov09.png
131
Total lunar eclipse May 4 2004-Jpeter smith.jpg
2004 May 04
Lunar eclipse from moon-2004May04.png
total
Lunar eclipse chart close-04may04.png
136
Oct 28 2004 total lunar eclipse-espenak.png
2004 Oct 28
Lunar eclipse from moon-2004Oct28.png
total
Lunar eclipse chart close-04oct28.png
141
Penumbral eclipse Minneapolis 24 April 2005.png
2005 Apr 24
Lunar eclipse from moon-2005Apr24.png
penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-05apr24.png
146 2005 Oct 17
Lunar eclipse from moon-2005Oct17.png
partial
Lunar eclipse chart close-2005Oct17.png
Last set 2002 Jun 24 Last set 2001 Dec 30
Next set 2006 Mar 14 Next set 2006 Sep 7


Metonic series[edit]

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)
Metonic lunar eclipses 1984-2041D.png Metonic lunar eclipses 1984-2041.png

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