Partial Eclipse of the Moon: 2006 September 07

Global Circumstances

Global Visibility of the Partial Eclipse of the Moon on 2006 September 07

The global visibility of this lunar eclipse is shown in the diagram to the left. A higher quality version of this global plot can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking on this image.

An explanation of this diagram can be found here.


Eclipse Trivia

The eclipsed Moon at 18:59:59 UT

The partial eclipse of the Moon on 2006 September 7 occurred during moonrise from the United Kingdom. From my observing site on the Ridgeway near West Ilsley in Berkshire, the Moon rose at 18:40 UT (19:40 BST), some 11 minutes before mid-eclipse. Fortunately, most of the cloud on the horizon had cleared shortly before moonrise although a thin band remained just above the horizon. As the Sun set at 18:39 UT, the partial phase of the eclipse took place during civil and nautical twilight. The photograph to the left shows the eclipsed Moon rising over the Ridgeway at 18:59:59 UT

As the Moon rose and cleared the horizon it was possible to see that the upper section of the Moon was in the umbral shadow. The first photograph shown below was taken when the centre of the Moon was just over 2° above the horizon where refraction effects gave rise to the slightly flattened appearance of the Moon. Over the next hour or so, the umbral shadow appeared to move clockwise around the disk, eventually disappearing at approximately the 1 o'clock position.

The partial phase of the eclipse ended at 19:38 UT and the penumbral phase ended at 21:00 UT. The next eclipse of the Moon will be a total one visible on 2007 March 3-4. It will be visible in its entirety from western Russian, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. Parts of the eclipse will be visible from every continent. Although this eclipse was only a small partial one, watching the Moon rise partially obscured was still worth seeing.

Steve Bell

Eclipses in 2006

Eclipses within two years of 2006

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