May 2003 lunar eclipse

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Total Lunar Eclipse
May 15, 2003
Lunar eclipse May 2003-TLR75.jpg
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, 3:17 UTC
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The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
Series (and member) 121 (51 of 82)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 51:25
Partial 3:13:54
Penumbral 5:06:31
Contacts
P1 1:06:53 UTC
U1 2:03:11
U2 3:14:26
Greatest 3:40:09
U3 4:05:51
U4 5:17:05
P4 6:13:24
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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 one was in 2014 and 2015, starting with the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse.

Visibility[edit]

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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.


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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