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First Lunar Eclipse Of The Year 2009 On February 9th

The first lunar eclipse for the year 2009 happens on February 9th, exactly after 11 days of first solar eclipse of this year.This is the deepest eclipse of the year with the magnitude of 0.899. It will be easily visible to the naked eye as a dusky shading in the northern half of the Moon.

First Lunar Eclipse Of The Year 2009 On February 9th

CC Photo Credit: mugley

The times of the major phases in India are listed below

  • Eclipse begin time: 18:08:46 IST
  • Greatest eclipse time: 20:08:15 IST
  • Eclipse end time: 22:07:40 IST

The eclipse is visible to the naked eye apart from few minutes of beginning and ending. The word penumbra is derived from two Latin words namely paenes meaning “almost, nearly" umbra meaning "shadow", the region in which only a portion of the occulting body is blurring the light source. This eclipse is a partial eclipse. In fact, no shading can be detected until about 2/3 of the Moon’s disk is immersed. This would put the period of eclipse visibility from approximately 19:30 IST to 20:50 IST. This is only an estimate. However atmospheric conditions and the observer’s visual acuity are important factors to be considered for the visibility of the eclipse.

Few part of Eastern Canada and USA will miss the eclipse entirely since the eclipse begins after moonset. Observers in western Canada and the USA will have the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. To catch the entire event, one must be in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia.

Lunar_Eclipse_Visibility

Photo Credit: Nasa

The above picture depicts the countries where the lunar eclipse would be visible. The light shaded portions are the places where the eclipse is visible during moon rise and moon set. The dark shaded portions are the places where the eclipse is completely not visible. The white region is the place where the eclipse is completely visible.

In Alaska, the eclipse begins at 03:38:46 and ends at 07:37:40. The greatest eclipse is felt at 05:38:15(local time)

In Hawaii the eclipse begins at 02:38:46 and ends at 06:37:40. The greatest eclipse is felt during 04:38:15 (local time)

In Sydney, Australia the eclipse begins at 23:38:46 and ends at 03:37:40. The greatest eclipse is felt during 01:38:15 (local time)

210 Comments on First Lunar Eclipse Of The Year 2009 On February 9th

  1. shea
    January 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm (10 years ago)

    nice eclipse

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  2. shea
    January 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm (10 years ago)

    lecture nmn yan………

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  3. astrofreak
    December 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm (10 years ago)

    HHiiii…can someone please tell me at what time would lunar eclipse be visible in baroda, will it be partial or complete….
    latitude-22; 30 EASt
    longitude-73; 19 NORTH
    timezone 5:00
    elevation=39m
    PLEASE ANSWER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE…
    (i have a telescope to have a look at)
    TIA

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  4. Meera
    August 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm (10 years ago)

    Is lunar eclipse is harmful?
    What time it strats & ends in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

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  5. Ramesh
    July 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Plese give me what in kuwait .

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  6. riya
    July 7, 2009 at 2:17 am (10 years ago)

    what time in china -shanghai?

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