August 1989 lunar eclipse

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The moon passes through the center of the Earth's shadow in this total eclipse.
The eclipse occurs in Capricornus

A total lunar eclipse took place at 0308 UT (GMT) on August 17, 1989, the second of two total lunar eclipses in 1989.

The moon passed through the center of the Earth's shadow.


It was seen completely over South America, and rising over North America, and setting over Africa, and Europe. Lunar eclipse from moon-1989Aug17.png

Relations to other lunar eclipses[edit]

Lunar year series[edit]

This eclipse is the second of four lunar year eclipses occurring at the moon's ascending node.

The lunar year series repeats after 12 lunations or 354 days (Shifting back about 10 days in sequential years). Because of the date shift, the Earth's shadow will be about 11 degrees west in sequential events.

Lunar eclipse series sets from 1988-1991
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Date Type
Saros Date
113 1988 Mar 03
Lunar eclipse from moon-1988Mar03.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1988Mar03.png
118 1988 Aug 27
Lunar eclipse from moon-1988Aug27.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1988Aug27.png
123 1989 Feb 20
Lunar eclipse from moon-1989Feb20.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1989Feb20.png
128 1989 Aug 17
Lunar eclipse from moon-1989Aug17.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1989Aug17.png
133 1990 Feb 09
Lunar eclipse from moon-1990Feb09.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1990Feb09.png
138 1990 Aug 06
Lunar eclipse from moon-1990Aug06.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1990Aug06.png
143 1991 Jan 30
Lunar eclipse from moon-1991Jan30.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1991Jan30.png
148 1991 Jul 26
Lunar eclipse from moon-1991Jul26.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1991Jul26.png
Last set 1987 Apr 14 Last set 1987 Oct 07
Next set 1991 Dec 21 Next set 1991 Jun 27

Saros series[edit]

Lunar saros series 128, repeating every 18 years and 11 days, has a total of 71 lunar eclipse events including 11 total lunar eclipses.

Greatest First
Lunar eclipse chart close-1953Jul26.png
The greatest eclipse of the series occurred on 1953 Jul 26, lasting 108 minutes.[1]
Penumbral Partial Total Central
1304 Jun 18 1430 Sep 2 1845 May 21 1899 Jun 23
Central Total Partial Penumbral
2007 Aug 28 2097 May 21 2440 May 17 2566 Aug 2
1917 Jul 4 1935 Jul 16 1953 Jul 26
Lunar eclipse chart close-1917Jul04.png Lunar eclipse from moon-1917Jul04.png Lunar eclipse chart close-1935Jul16.png Lunar eclipse from moon-1935Jul16.png Lunar eclipse chart close-1953Jul26.png Lunar eclipse from moon-1953Jul26.png
1971 Aug 6 1989 Aug 17 2007 Aug 28
Lunar eclipse chart close-1971Aug06.png Lunar eclipse from moon-1971Aug06.png Lunar eclipse chart close-1989Aug17.png Lunar eclipse from moon-1989Aug17.png Lunar eclipse chart close-2007aug28.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2007Aug28.png
2025 Sep 7 2043 Sep 19 2061 Sep 29
Lunar eclipse chart close-2025Sep07.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2025Sep07.png Lunar eclipse chart close-2043Sep19.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2043Sep19.png Lunar eclipse chart close-2061Sep29.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2061Sep29.png
2079 Oct 10 2097 Oct 21
Lunar eclipse chart close-2079Oct10.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2079Oct10.png Lunar eclipse chart close-2097Oct21.png Lunar eclipse from moon-2097Oct21.png

Metonic series[edit]

It is the third of five Metonic cycle eclipses, each being 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 in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

Metonic lunar eclipse sets 1951–2027
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Date Type Saros Date Type
103 1951 Feb 21 Penumbral 108 1951 Aug 17 Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart-1951Feb21.png Lunar eclipse chart-1951Aug17.png
113 1970 Feb 21 Partial 118 1970 Aug 17 Partial
Lunar eclipse chart-1970Feb21.png Lunar eclipse chart-1970Aug17.png
123 1989 Feb 20 Total 128 1989 Aug 17 Total
Lunar eclipse chart-1989Feb20.png Lunar eclipse chart-1989Aug17.png
133 2008 Feb 21 Total 138 2008 Aug 16 Partial
Lunar eclipse chart-2008Feb21.png Lunar eclipse chart-08aug16.png
143 2027 Feb 20 Penumbral 148 2027 Aug 17 Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart-2027Feb20.png Lunar eclipse chart-2027Aug17.png

Tritos series[edit]

The tritos series repeats 31 days short of 11 years at alternating nodes. Sequential events have incremental Saros cycle indices.

This series produces 23 total eclipses between June 22, 1880 and August 9, 2120.

Tritos eclipse series (subset 1901–2100)
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros Date
Saros Date
119 1902 Apr 22
Lunar eclipse from moon-1902Apr22.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1902Apr22.png
120 1913 Mar 22
Lunar eclipse from moon-1913Mar22.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1913Mar22.png
121 1924 Feb 20
Lunar eclipse from moon-1924Feb20.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1924Feb20.png
122 1935 Jan 19
Lunar eclipse from moon-1935Jan19.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1935Jan19.png
124 1945 Dec 19
Lunar eclipse from moon-1945Dec19.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1945Dec19.png
125 1956 Nov 18
Lunar eclipse from moon-1956Nov18.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1956Nov18.png
126 1967 Oct 18
Lunar eclipse from moon-1967Oct18.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1967Oct18.png
127 1978 Sep 16
Lunar eclipse from moon-1978Sep16.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1978Sep16.png
128 1989 Aug 17
Lunar eclipse from moon-1989Aug17.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-1989Aug17.png
129 2000 Jul 16
Lunar eclipse from moon-2000Jul16.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2000jul16.png
130 2011 Jun 15
Lunar eclipse from moon-2011Jun15.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2011jun15.png
131 2022 May 16
Lunar eclipse from moon-2022May16.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2022may16.png
132 2033 Apr 14
Lunar eclipse from moon-2033Apr14.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2033Apr14.png
133 2044 Mar 13
Lunar eclipse from moon-2044Mar13.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2044Mar13.png
134 2055 Feb 11
Lunar eclipse from moon-2055Feb11.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2055Feb11.png
135 2066 Jan 11
Lunar eclipse from moon-2066Jan11.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2066Jan11.png
136 2076 Dec 10
Lunar eclipse from moon-2076Dec10.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2076Dec10.png
137 2087 Nov 10
Lunar eclipse from moon-2087Nov10.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2087Nov10.png
138 2098 Oct 10
Lunar eclipse from moon-2098Oct10.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2098Oct10.png

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