Total Eclipse of the Moon: 1917 July 04-05

Global Circumstances

Global Visibility of the Total Eclipse of the Moon on 1917 July 04-05

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

During the Arabian Campaign of World War I, T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, realised the strategic importance of the port of Aqaba at the southernmost tip of Jordan. In the process of taking Aqaba which was then held by forces of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, he used his knowledge of astronomical phenomena to carry out a daring night raid under the darkness of a total eclipse of the Moon. While the defenders were preoccupied by the lunar eclipse, Lawrence and his troop of fifty Bedouin successfully pressed home their attack. The city of Aqaba was finally captured by Lawrence's forces two days later on 6th July 1917.

Eclipses in 1917

Eclipses within two years of 1917

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