February 2009 lunar eclipse
|Penumbral Lunar Eclipse|
February 9, 2009
Just before maximum eclipse (14:29 UTC) from Chennai, India
The moon passes right to left through the Earth's southern penumbral shadow.
|Series (and member)||143 (18)|
The moon moves right to left (west to east) through the constellation Leo
A penumbral lunar eclipse took place on February 9, 2009, the first of four lunar eclipses in 2009, and being the deepest of three penumbral eclipses. It also happened on the Lantern Festival, the first since February 20, 1989.
The eclipse was not visible in the East coast of the United States, South America and southernmost Mexico, Western Africa and western Europe. Best visibility was expected over most of Asia, the Western US, Mexico and throughout the Pacific region.
This simulated view shows the Earth and Sun as viewed from the center of the moon near contact points P1 and P4. The eclipse will be visible from earth from the locations of the world as seen on the Earth above.
Relation to other eclipses
|Lunar eclipse series sets from 2006–2009|
|Descending node||Ascending node|
||2006 Mar 14
||2006 Sep 7
||2007 Mar 03
||2007 Aug 28
||2008 Feb 21
||2008 Aug 16
||2009 Feb 09
||2009 Aug 06
|Last set||2005 Apr 24||Last set||2005 Oct 17|
|Next set||2009 Dec 31||Next set||2009 Jul 07|
- List of lunar eclipses
- List of 21st-century lunar eclipses
- File:2009-02-09 Lunar Eclipse Sketch.gif Chart
- Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon: 2009 February 09
- 2009 Feb 09 chart: Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
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