March 2006 lunar eclipse

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Penumbral lunar eclipse
March 14-15, 2006
Penumbral lunar eclipse 2006 March 14 Warrenton VA.jpg
0:54 UT from Warrenton, Virginia
(Penumbral shadow visible faintly on the right an hour past greatest eclipse)
Lunar eclipse chart close-06mar14.png
The moon passed right to left through the Earth's northern penumbral shadow.
Series (and member) 113 (63)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Penumbral 4:47:27
P1 21:23:45 UTC
Greatest 23:47:29
P4 2:11:12 (Mar 15)
Lunar eclipse chart-2006Mar14.png
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.

This was a relatively rare total penumbral lunar eclipse with the moon passing entirely within the penumbral shadow without entering the darker umbral shadow.[1]


It was completely visible over Africa and Europe, seen rising over eastern North America, all of South America, and setting over western Asia.

NASA chart of the eclipse

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A simulated view of the earth from the center of the moon at maximum eclipse.


Visibility Lunar Eclipse 2006-03-14.png


Relation to other lunar eclipses[edit]

Lunar year series (354 days)[edit]

Saros series[edit]

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.[2]

Metonic cycles (19 years)[edit]

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.

  1. 2006 Mar 14 - penumbral (113)
  2. 2025 Mar 14 - total (123)
  3. 2044 Mar 13 - total (133)
  4. 2064 Mar 14- partial (143)
  1. 2006 Sep 07 - penumbral (118)
  2. 2025 Sep 07 - total (128)
  3. 2044 Sep 07 - partial (138)
  4. 2063 Sep 07 - penumbral (148)
Metonic lunar eclipses 2006-2063A.png

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