Lunar Eclipses: 1981 - 1990

Fred Espenak

Introduction

A concise summary of all lunar eclipses from 1981 through 1990 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: 1981 through 1990

A concise summary of all lunar eclipses from 1981 through 1990 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: 1981 - 1990
Calendar Date TD of Greatest Eclipse Eclipse Type Saros Series Umbral Magnitude Eclipse Duration Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility
1981 Jan 20 07:50:48 Penumbral 114 -0.019 - eastern Asia, Americas, Europe, northwestern Africa
1981 Jul 17 04:47:40 Partial 119 0.549 02h43m Pacific, Americas, Africa, western Europe
1982 Jan 09 19:56:43 Total 124 1.331 03h24m
01h18m
eastern Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1982 Jul 06 07:31:47 Total 129 1.718 03h56m
01h46m
Australia, Pacific, Americas, western Africa
1982 Dec 30 11:29:37 Total 134 1.182 03h16m
01h00m
Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas
1983 Jun 25 08:23:11 Partial 139 0.335 02h15m Australia, Pacific, Americas
1983 Dec 20 01:49:57 Penumbral 144 -0.117 - Americas, Europe, Africa, central Asia
1984 May 15 04:41:03 Penumbral 111 -0.176 - Americas, western Europe, Africa
1984 Jun 13 14:26:38 Penumbral 149 -0.941 - eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific
1984 Nov 08 17:56:09 Penumbral 116 -0.182 - Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1985 May 04 19:57:19 Total 121 1.237 03h19m
01h08m
eastern South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1985 Oct 28 17:43:17 Total 126 1.074 03h35m
00h44m
Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific
1986 Apr 24 12:43:30 Total 131 1.202 03h19m
01h04m
Asia, Australia, Pacific, western Americas
1986 Oct 17 19:18:54 Total 136 1.245 03h37m
01h14m
eastern South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
1987 Apr 14 02:19:48 Penumbral 141 -0.231 - Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia
1987 Oct 07 04:02:29 Penumbral 146 -0.009 - Americas, Europe, Africa
1988 Mar 03 16:13:42 Penumbral 113 -0.002 - Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, northwestern North America
1988 Aug 27 11:05:29 Partial 118 0.292 01h53m eastern Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas
1989 Feb 20 15:36:18 Total 123 1.275 03h43m
01h19m
Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific, western North America
1989 Aug 17 03:09:07 Total 128 1.598 03h34m
01h36m
Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia
1990 Feb 09 19:12:02 Total 133 1.075 03h24m
00h42m
Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific
1990 Aug 06 14:13:15 Partial 138 0.677 02h56m eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific, western North America

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.