September 1996 lunar eclipse
|Total Lunar Eclipse|
September 27, 1996
The moon passes west to east (right to left) across the Earth's umbral shadow, shown in hourly intervals.
|Series||127 (41 of 72)|
A total lunar eclipse took place on September 27, 1996, the second of two lunar eclipses in 1996, the first being on April 4th. It was part of Lunar Saros 127. The eclipse started at 0:13:59 UTC, the greatest was at 2:54:22 and ended at 5:34:51. Its length of totality lasted more than 1 hours and 9 minutes.
It was visible from all of North and South America, Europe and Africa.
The weather conditions for most of North America was cloudy and parts rainy.
Mid-infrared image of the Moon
During its totality, the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) satellite's SPIRIT-III instrument took the image of the Moon in mid-infrared. At these wavelengths, MSX was able to characterize the thermal (heat) distribution of the lunar surface during the eclipse. The brightest regions are the warmest, and the darkest areas are the coolest. The well-known crater Tycho is the bright object to the south of center. Numerous other craters are also seen as bright spots, indicating that their temperature is higher than in the surrounding dark mare.
Lunar year series
This is the second of four lunar year eclipses at the ascending node of the moon's orbit.
|Ascending node||Descending node|
|112||1995 Apr 15
||117||1995 Oct 08
||1996 Apr 04
||1996 Sep 27
||1997 Mar 24
||137||1997 Sep 16
|142||1998 Mar 13
||147||1998 Sep 06
|Last set||1994 May 25||Last set||1994 Nov 18|
|Next set||1999 Jan 31||Next set||1998 Aug 08|
- Saros cycle 127
- 1996 Sep 27 chart Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC
- September 1996 lunar eclipse
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