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.


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 thoughts on “First Lunar Eclipse Of The Year 2009 On February 9th”

  1. I want to know all the eclipses timings which are visible in Michigan USA, I am 6 months pregnant.
    Pls. send me the Timings/details ASAP.

  2. Dear Suganya,

    Kindly advise what happens when one misses the eclipse precautionary meassures? I happen to miss the Lunar eclipse on Feburary 9, and I was 2 months preghnant at that time.
    Also, Please let me know the UAE timing for the Lunar Eclipse on 7th July, What should be done and how can the baby be best saved from the harmful effects of the eclipses

  3. hi suganya,
    pls can u tell me when is the next eclipse of 2009 in kuwait, as i wont be having internet connection till august end. im 7 months pregnant. anxiously waiting for your response.
    thank u,

  4. hey i wanna know plzzzz right now if possible if the eclipse was seen in Lahore,Pakistan.i need to know for an assignment!!!

  5. does it effect the pragnancy if u r 4 weeks pragnant and did’nt know that u are pragnant ?
    when is the next solar or moon eclipse in california, pls reply!

  6. please tell me the exact apperance time of moon Eclipse of February 09,2009 in pakistan and in which aereas it seen and for how many time it remains

  7. please tell me the exact time of its moon Eclipse apperance in pakistan and in which aereas it seen and for how many time it remains

  8. Almonks in India hv described this i.e.09 Feb.2009 lunar eclipse as ‘Mandya’ ,and vedic advice is ‘no need to observe religious rites as done for other eclipses.

  9. Hi….some one told me its a partial ecliplse and will not have any affect on pregnant women…is it corect plz advice….i am from hyderabad.

  10. please want to know the exact timing of todays lunar ecilipse in Riyadhb Saudi arabia kindly inform on my email address

  11. hii suganya,
    pls can you let me know the dates n timings of all the eclipse of 2009 in kuwait.
    thanx in advance,

  12. Why is that, non of the almanac in T.N or A.P have stated about this eclipse. It is going to be a challange between the modern science and the astrological science.

  13. is the lunar eclipse going to be seen in tanzania, east africa…as am pregnant….please let me know as soon as possible

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