Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24

Fred Espenak

Introduction


The Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24 is visible from the following geographic regions:

  • Asia, Australia, Pacific, western Americas

The diagram to the right depicts the Moon's path with respect to Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows. Below it is a map showing the geographic regions of eclipse visibility. Click on the figure to enlarge it. For an explanation of the features appearing in the figure, see Key to Lunar Eclipse Figures.

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place on 1986 Apr 24 at 12:43:30 TD (12:42:35 UT1). This is 1.2 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Moon is in the constellation Virgo. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 783.

The eclipse belongs to Saros 131 and is number 32 of 72 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.

The total lunar eclipse of 1986 Apr 24 is preceded two weeks earlier by a partial solar eclipse on 1986 Apr 09.

These eclipses all take place during a single eclipse season.

The eclipse predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., TD = UT1 + ΔT). ΔT has a value of 55.0 seconds for this eclipse.

The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.

The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24 .


Eclipse Data: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24

Eclipse Characteristics
Parameter Value
Penumbral Magnitude 2.16203
Umbral Magnitude 1.20217
Gamma-0.36826
Epsilon 0.3731°
Opposition Times
Event Calendar Date & Time Julian Date
Greatest Eclipse 1986 Apr 24 at 12:43:29.7 TD (12:42:34.7 UT1) 2446545.029568
Ecliptic Opposition 1986 Apr 24 at 12:47:17.0 TD (12:46:22.0 UT1) 2446545.032199
Equatorial Opposition 1986 Apr 24 at 13:01:41.8 TD (13:00:46.8 UT1) 2446545.042208
Geocentric Coordinates of Sun and Moon
1986 Apr 24 at 12:43:29.7 TD (12:42:34.7 UT1)
Coordinate Sun Moon
Right Ascension02h07m09.8s14h06m30.3s
Declination+12°52'05.8"-13°12'18.9"
Semi-Diameter 15'54.1" 16'34.0"
Eq. Hor. Parallax 08.7" 1°00'48.0"
Geocentric Libration of Moon
Angle Value
l -2.8°
b 0.5°
c 18.3°
Earth's Shadows
Parameter Value
Penumbral Radius 1.2909°
Umbral Radius 0.7609°
Prediction Paramaters
Paramater Value
Ephemerides JPL DE406
ΔT 55.0 s
Shadow Rule Danjon
Shadow Enlargement 1.010
Saros Series 131 (32/72)

Explanation of Lunar Eclipse Data Tables

Eclipse Contacts: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24

Lunar Eclipse Contacts
Eclipse Event Contact Time
TD
Time
UT1
Zenith Latitude Zenith Longitude Position Angle Axis Distance
Penumbral BeginsP110:07:07.110:06:12.112°30.7'S153°34.7'W 281.7° 1.5662°
Partial BeginsU111:04:07.211:03:12.212°45.9'S167°19.2'W 274.3° 1.0364°
Total BeginsU212:11:43.012:10:48.013°03.9'S176°23.3'E 245.1° 0.4847°
Greatest EclipseGreatest12:43:29.712:42:34.713°12.3'S168°43.7'E 205.4° 0.3731°
Total EndsU313:15:17.813:14:22.813°20.7'S161°03.9'E 165.7° 0.4849°
Partial EndsU414:22:54.014:21:59.013°38.5'S144°46.4'E 136.5° 1.0375°
Penumbral EndsP415:19:49.915:18:54.913°53.4'S131°03.4'E 129.1° 1.5678°
Eclipse Durations
Eclipse Phase Duration
Penumbral (P4 - P1)05h12m42.8s
Partial (U4 - U1)03h18m46.8s
Total (U3 - U2)01h03m34.8s

Explanation of Lunar Eclipse Contacts Table

Polynomial Besselian Elements: Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24

Polynomial Besselian Elements
1986 Apr 24 at 13:00:00.0 TD (=t0)
n x y d f1 f2 f3
0 -0.01492 -0.40598 0.2247 1.29099 0.76094 0.27613
1 0.52778 -0.25061 0.0002 0.00025 0.00025 0.00007
2 0.00018 0.00004 -0.0000 -0.00000 -0.00000 -0.00000
3 -0.00001 0.00001 - - - -

At time t1 (decimal hours), each besselian element is evaluated by:

x = x0 + x1*t + x2*t2 + x3*t3 (or x = Σ [xn*tn]; n = 0 to 3)

where: t = t1 - t0 (decimal hours) and t0 = 13.000

Explanation of Besselian Elements

Links for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24

Links to Additional Lunar Eclipse Information

Eclipse Predictions

Predictions for the Total Lunar Eclipse of 1986 Apr 24 were generated using the JPL DE406 solar and lunar ephemerides. The lunar coordinates were calculated with respect to the Moon's Center of Mass. The predictions are given in both Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TD) and Universal Time (UT1). The parameter ΔT is used to convert between these two times (i.e., UT1 = TD - ΔT). ΔT has a value of 55.0 seconds for this eclipse.

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.