Lunar Eclipses: 1951 - 1960

Fred Espenak

Introduction

A concise summary of all lunar eclipses from 1951 through 1960 is presented here in two ways. The first is a series of Figures showing the Moon's path through Earths shadows for each eclipse. The second is a Table listing the primary characteristics of each eclipse. Near the bottom of the page are a series of Links to more on lunar eclipses.

Table of Lunar Eclipses: 1951 through 1960

A concise summary of all lunar eclipses from 1951 through 1960 is presented in the table below. The first column gives the Calendar Date of the instant of greatest eclipse. The second column TD of Greatest Eclipse is the Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) when the Moon passes closest to the axis Earth's shadow. 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 column 4. The Umbral Magnitude gives the fraction of the Moon's diameter immersed in Earth's umbral shadow at the instant of greatest eclipse (column 5). The Eclipse Duration 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 (column 6). Finally, the Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility provides a brief description of where each eclipse will be seen.

The eclipse date (first column) links to the prime page for the eclipse. This page features an eclipse diagram and map showing the geographic region of eclipse visibility, as well as detailed predictions, Besellian elements and links to additional information about the eclipse.

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

Lunar Eclipses: 1951 - 1960
Calendar Date TD of Greatest Eclipse Eclipse Type Saros Series Umbral Magnitude Eclipse Duration Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility
1951 Mar 23 10:37:32 Penumbral 141 -0.366 - eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas
1951 Aug 17 03:14:41 Penumbral 108 -0.845 - Americas, Europe, Africa
1951 Sep 15 12:27:05 Penumbral 146 -0.193 - Asia, Australia, Pacific, western North America
1952 Feb 11 00:39:48 Partial 113 0.083 01h10m Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
1952 Aug 05 19:47:55 Partial 118 0.532 02h27m eastern South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1953 Jan 29 23:47:49 Total 123 1.331 03h46m
01h25m
Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
1953 Jul 26 12:21:10 Total 128 1.863 03h36m
01h41m
Asia, Australia, Pacific, western Americas
1954 Jan 19 02:32:21 Total 133 1.032 03h23m
00h28m
Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia
1954 Jul 16 00:20:51 Partial 138 0.405 02h21m Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia
1955 Jan 08 12:33:20 Penumbral 143 -0.142 - Asia, Australia, Pacific, North America
1955 Jun 05 14:23:23 Penumbral 110 -0.450 - Asia, Australia, Pacific
1955 Nov 29 16:59:59 Partial 115 0.119 01h14m Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific
1956 May 24 15:31:52 Partial 120 0.965 03h24m Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific
1956 Nov 18 06:48:16 Total 125 1.317 03h29m
01h18m
northeastern Asia, Pacific, Americas, Europe, western Africa
1957 May 13 22:31:28 Total 130 1.298 03h32m
01h18m
eastern North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1957 Nov 07 14:27:30 Total 135 1.031 03h27m
00h28m
eastern Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Pacific, western North America
1958 Apr 04 04:00:13 Penumbral 102 -0.942 - Americas, western Africa, western Europe
1958 May 03 12:13:30 Partial 140 0.009 00h21m eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, western Americas
1958 Oct 27 15:27:51 Penumbral 145 -0.312 - Asia, Australia, Pacific
1959 Mar 24 20:11:57 Partial 112 0.264 01h50m eastern South America, Africa, Asia, Australia
1959 Sep 17 01:03:36 Penumbral 117 -0.050 - South America, Europe, Africa
1960 Mar 13 08:28:21 Total 122 1.514 03h39m
01h34m
eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas, western Europe, western Africa
1960 Sep 05 11:21:51 Total 127 1.424 03h31m
01h27m
eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

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

Each link in the following table displays a page containing 10 years of lunar eclipses. Every eclipse has links to an eclipse diagram and map of geographic visibility, and a dedicated web page for that eclipse.

Decade Tables of Lunar Eclipses
Decades
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

Century Catologs of Lunar Eclipses

Each link in the following table displays a catalog containing 100 years of eclipses.

Century Catalogs of Lunar Eclipses
Centuries
1001-1100 1101-1200 1201-1300 1301-1400 1401-1500
1501-1600 1601-1700 1701-1800 1801-1900 1901-2000
2001-2100 2101-2200 2201-2300 2301-2400 2401-2500
2501-2600 2601-2700 2701-2800 2801-2900 2901-3000

For other centuries, see Six Millennium Catalog of Lunar Eclipses: -2999 to +3000

Links to Additional Lunar Eclipse Predictions

Eclipse Predictions

The eclipse predictions presented here were generated using the JPL DE406 solar and lunar ephemerides. The lunar coordinates have been calculated with respect to the Moon's Center of Mass.

Acknowledgments

Some of the content on this web site is based on the book Thousand Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses 1501 to 2500. All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.

Permission is granted to reproduce eclipse data when accompanied by a link to this page and an acknowledgment:

"Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, www.EclipseWise.com"

The use of diagrams and maps is permitted provided that they are NOT altered (except for re-sizing) and the embedded credit line is NOT removed or covered.