Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 1988 Mar 03
The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 1988 Mar 03 is visible from the following geographic regions:
- Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, northwestern North America
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 1988 Mar 03 at 16:13:42 TD (16:12:46 UT1). This is 2.2 days after the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Moon is in the constellation Leo. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 806.
The eclipse belongs to Saros 113 and is number 62 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moons descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases.
This very deep penumbral eclipse is a rare total penumbral eclipse in which the entire disk of the Moon is immersed in the penumbral shadow. It has a penumbral eclipse magnitude of 1.0908 and a penumbral eclipse duration of 293.8 minutes. Gamma has a value of 0.9886.
The penumbral lunar eclipse of 1988 Mar 03 is followed two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on 1988 Mar 18.
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 55.8 seconds for this eclipse.
The following links provide maps and data for the eclipse.
- Eclipse Figure - eclipse geometry diagram and map of eclipse visibility
- Saros 113 Table - data for all eclipses in the Saros series
The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 1988 Mar 03 .