March 2026 lunar eclipse

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Total lunar eclipse
March 3, 2026
Ecliptic north up
Lunar eclipse chart close-2026Mar03.png
The Moon will pass west to east (right to left) through the Earth's shadow.
Saros (and member) 133 (27 of 71)
Gamma -0.3765
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 0:58:19
Partial 3:27:10
Penumbral 5:38:37
Contacts (UTC)
P1 8:44:22
U1 9:50:00
U2 11:04:26
Greatest 11:33:37
U3 12:02:45
U4 13:17:10
P4 14:22:59

A total lunar eclipse will take place on March 3, 2026.

Visibility[edit]

It will be completely visible over the Pacific, western USA and Canada, and New Zealand, will be seen rising over Australia and Asia, and setting over the rest of the Americas.

Lunar eclipse from moon-2026Mar03.png

Related eclipses[edit]

Lunar year series[edit]

Lunar eclipse series sets from 2024-2027
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
113 2024 Mar 25
Lunar eclipse from moon-2024Mar25.png
Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-2024Mar25.png
118 2024 Sep 18
Lunar eclipse from moon-2024Sep18.png
Partial
Lunar eclipse chart close-2024Sep18.png
123 2025 Mar 14
Lunar eclipse from moon-2025Mar14.png
Total
Lunar eclipse chart close-2025Mar14.png
128 2025 Sep 07
Lunar eclipse from moon-2025Sep07.png
Total
Lunar eclipse chart close-2025Sep07.png
133 2026 Mar 03
Lunar eclipse from moon-2026Mar03.png
Total
Lunar eclipse chart close-2026Mar03.png
138 2026 Aug 28
Lunar eclipse from moon-2026Aug28.png
Partial
Lunar eclipse chart close-2026Aug28.png
143 2027 Feb 20
Lunar eclipse from moon-2027Feb20.png
Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-2027Feb20.png
148 2027 Aug 17
Lunar eclipse from moon-2027Aug17.png
Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-2027Aug17.png
Last set 2023 Oct 28 Last set 2023 May 05
Next set 2027 Jul 18 Next set 2028 Jan 12

Saros series[edit]

This lunar eclipse is part of series 133 of the Saros cycle, which repeats every 18 years and 11 days. Series 133 runs from the year 1557 until 2819. The previous eclipse of this series occurred on February 21, 2008 and the next will occur on March 13, 2044.

It is the 7th of 21 total lunar eclipses in series 133. The first was on December 28, 1917. The last (21st) will be on August 3, 2278. The longest two occurrences of this series (14th and 15th) will last for a total of 1 hour and 42 minutes on May 18, 2152 and May 30, 2170. Solar saros 140 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

Metonic cycle (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 be in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

  1. 1988 Mar 03 – Partial (113)
  2. 2007 Mar 03 – Total (123)
  3. 2026 Mar 03 – Total (133)
  4. 2045 Mar 03 – Penumbral (143)
  1. 1988 Aug 27 – partial (118)
  2. 2007 Aug 28 – total (128)
  3. 2026 Aug 28 – partial (138)
  4. 2045 Aug 27 – penumbral (148)
Metonic lunar eclipse 1988-2045.png Metonic lunar eclipses 1988-2045.png

Inex series[edit]

The inex series repeats eclipses 20 days short of 29 years, repeating on average every 10571.95 days. This period is equal to 358 lunations (synodic months) and 388.5 draconic months. Saros series increment by one on successive Inex events and repeat at alternate ascending and descending lunar nodes.

This period is 383.6734 anomalistic months (the period of the Moon's elliptical orbital precession). Despite the average 0.05 time-of-day shift between subsequent events, the variation of the Moon in its elliptical orbit at each event causes the actual eclipse time to vary significantly. It is a part of Lunar Inex series 35.

Series events from 1500–2500
Descending node Ascending node Descending node Ascending node
Saros Date
Chart
Saros Date
Chart
Saros Date
Chart
Saros Date
Chart
115 1505 Feb 18
Lunar eclipse chart close-1505Feb18.png
116 1534 Jan 30
Lunar eclipse chart close-1534Jan30.png
117 1563 Jan 9 118 1591 Dec 30
119 1620 Dec 9 120 1649 Nov 19 121 1678 Oct 29 122 1707 Oct 11
123 1736 Sep 20 124 1765 Aug 30 125 1794 Aug 11 126 1823 Jul 23
127 1852 Jul 1 128 1881 Jun 12 129 1910 May 24
Lunar eclipse chart close-1910May24.png
130 1939 May 3
Lunar eclipse chart close-1939May03.png
131 1968 Apr 13
Lunar eclipse chart close-1968Apr13.png
132 1997 Mar 24
Lunar eclipse chart close-1997Mar24.png
133 2026 Mar 3
Lunar eclipse chart close-2026Mar03.png
134 2055 Feb 11
Lunar eclipse chart close-2055Feb11.png
135 2084 Jan 22
Lunar eclipse chart close-2084Jan22.png
136 2113 Jan 2 137 2141 Dec 13 138 2170 Nov 23
139 2199 Nov 2 140 2228 Oct 14 141 2257 Sep 24 142 2286 Sep 3
143 2315 Aug 16 144 2344 Jul 26 145 2373 Jul 5 146 2402 Jun 16
147 2431 May 27 148 2460 May 5
Lunar eclipse chart close-2460May05.png
149 2489 Apr 16
Lunar eclipse chart close-2489Apr16.png

Half-Saros cycle[edit]

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[1] This lunar eclipse is related to two annular solar eclipses of Solar Saros 140.

February 26, 2017 March 9, 2035
SE2017Feb26A.png SE2035Mar09A.png

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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