Partial Lunar Eclipse September 7th 2006

The second lunar eclipse of the year is a rather small partial eclipse. The penumbral phase begins on September 7th 2006 at 23:42 BBWI. It’s a great time for the observer to see the eclipse.  A timetable for the major phases of the eclipse is as follows:

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 16:42:23 UT or 23:42:23 BBWI
Partial Eclipse Begins: 18:05:03 UT or 01:05:03Â BBWI
Greatest Eclipse: 18:51:21 UT or  01:51:21 BBWI
Partial Eclipse Ends: 19:37:41 UT or 02:37:41Â BBWI
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 21:00:20 UT or 04:00:20 BBWI

In spite of the fact that the eclipse is shallow (the Moon’s northern limb dips just 6.3 arc-minutes into Earth’s dark umbral shadow), the partial phase lasts over 1 1/2 hours. This is due to the grazing geometry of the Moon and umbra.

At the instant of greatest eclipse (01:51 BBWI), the Moon will stand near the zenith for observers in the central Indian Ocean. At that time, the umbral eclipse magnitude will be 0.190. The event is best seen from Africa, Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, none of the eclipse is visible from North America. The Moon’s path through Earth’s shadows as well as a map illustrating worldwide visibility is shown in this link.

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