Lunar Eclipses: 2001 - 2010

Fred Espenak

A concise summary of all lunar eclipses from 2001 through 2010 is presented in the table below. The first column gives the Calendar Date of the instant of greatest eclipse[1]. The second column TD of Greatest Eclipse is the Terrestrial Dynamical Time of greatest eclipse. The third column lists the Eclipse Type which is either Total, Partial, or Penumbral.

Eclipses recur over the Saros cycle, a period of approximately 18 years 11 days. Each eclipse belongs to the Saros Series shown in the 4th column. The Umbral Magnitude[2] (column 5) gives the fraction of the Moon's diameter immersed in Earth's umbral shadow at the instant of greatest eclipse. The Eclipse Duration[3] gives the length of the partial eclipse. If the eclipse is total then two durations are listed. The first is the interval between the beginning and end of the partial phases. The second value (in bold) is the duration the total phase. Finally, the Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility[4] provides a brief description of the regions where each eclipse will be seen.

Two fields in the summary table provide links to graphics and additional information for each eclipse. A figure consisting of a diagram and map for each eclipse may be seen by clicking on the Calendar Date. The top diagram shows the Moon's trajectory with respect to Earth's penumbral and umbral shadows. The equidistant cylindrical projection map below illustrates the geographpic region of visibility for each phase of the eclipse. These figures are described in greater detail in the Key to Lunar Eclipse Maps. Each figure is stored as a PDF file of about 110 kilobytes.

All eclipses belonging to a particular Saros Series are listed in a table linked through the Saros number.

Detailed descriptions and additional information are available for eclipses from 2001 through 2009. To access this information, just click on in the description in the Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility column. This links to articles published in the Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

The Key to Lunar Eclipse Decade Table contains a more detailed description of each item in the table.

For more data on lunar eclipses during this period, see Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: 2001 to 2100 .

Lunar Eclipses: 2001 - 2010
Calendar Date TD of Greatest Eclipse Eclipse Type Saros Series Umbral Magnitude Eclipse Duration Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility
2001 Jan 09 20:21:40 Total 134 1.189 03h16m
e Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
2001 Jul 05 14:56:23 Partial 139 0.495 02h39m e Africa, Asia, Aus., Pacific
2001 Dec 30 10:30:22 Penumbral 144 -0.116 - e Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas
2002 May 26 12:04:26 Penumbral 111 -0.289 - e Asia, Aus., Pacific, w Americas
2002 Jun 24 21:28:13 Penumbral 149 -0.792 - S. America, Europe, Africa, c Asia, Aus.
2002 Nov 20 01:47:40 Penumbral 116 -0.226 - Americas, Europe, Africa, e Asia
2003 May 16 03:41:13 Total 121 1.128 03h14m
c Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa
2003 Nov 09 01:19:38 Total 126 1.018 03h31m
Americas, Europe, Africa, c Asia
2004 May 04 20:31:17 Total 131 1.304 03h23m
S. America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
2004 Oct 28 03:05:11 Total 136 1.308 03h39m
Americas, Europe, Africa, c Asia
2005 Apr 24 09:55:55 Penumbral 141 -0.144 - e Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas
2005 Oct 17 12:04:27 Partial 146 0.062 00h56m Asia, Aus., Pacific, North America
2006 Mar 14 23:48:34 Penumbral 113 -0.060 - Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
2006 Sep 07 18:52:25 Partial 118 0.184 01h31m Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
2007 Mar 03 23:21:59 Total 123 1.233 03h41m
Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
2007 Aug 28 10:38:27 Total 128 1.476 03h32m
e Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas
2008 Feb 21 03:27:09 Total 133 1.106 03h25m
Americas, Europe, Africa, c Atlantic
2008 Aug 16 21:11:12 Partial 138 0.808 03h08m S. America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
2009 Feb 09 14:39:22 Penumbral 143 -0.088 - e Europe, Asia, Aus., Pacific, w N.A.
2009 Jul 07 09:39:43 Penumbral 110 -0.913 - Aus., Pacific, Americas
2009 Aug 06 00:40:18 Penumbral 148 -0.666 - Americas, Europe, Africa, w Asia
2009 Dec 31 19:23:46 Partial 115 0.076 01h00m Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
2010 Jun 26 11:39:34 Partial 120 0.537 02h43m e Asia, Aus., Pacific, w Americas
2010 Dec 21 08:18:04 Total 125 1.256 03h29m
e Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas, Europe

Geographic abbreviations (used above): n = north, s = south, e = east, w = west, c = central

[1] Greatest Eclipse is the instant when the distance between the axis of Earth's umbral shadow and the center of the Moon's disk reaches a minimum.

[2] Umbral magnitude is the fraction of the Moon's diameter obscured by Earth's umbral shadow at the instant of greatest eclipse. For total eclipses, the umbral magnitude is always greater than or equal to 1. For partial eclipses, the umbral magnitude is always greater than 0 and less than 1. For penumbral eclipses, the umbral magnitude is always negative (i.e., less than 0).

[3] Eclipse Duration is the duration of the partial phase of a partial eclipse. For total eclipses two values are given. The first is the period between the beginning and end of the partial phases, while the second value (in bold is the duration of the total phase.

[4] Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility is the portion of Earth's surface where some portion of the eclipse can be seen.

Decade Tables of Lunar Eclipses

Every link in the following table displays a page containing 10 years of lunar eclipses. Each eclipse has links to diagrams, maps and saros tables.

Ten Year Tables of Lunar Eclipses
1901-1910 1911-1920 1921-1930 1931-1940 1941-1950
1951-1960 1961-1970 1971-1980 1981-1990 1991-2000
2001-2010 2011-2020 2021-2030 2031-2040 2041-2050
2051-2060 2061-2070 2071-2080 2081-2090 2091-2100

Lunar Eclipse Catalogs
Lunar Eclipse Resources
Lunar Eclipse Publications Online

Special thanks to National Space Club summer interns Christopher Barrow for his valuable assistance in preparing this web page (July 2004) and Sumit Dutta for meticulously updating the Eclipse Web Site to NASA/W3C standards (July 2005).

All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy. Some of the information presented on this web site is based on data published in Five Millennium Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000.

Permission is freely granted to reproduce this data when accompanied by an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC"

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2013 Dec 09