Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2056 Dec 22
The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2056 Dec 22 is visible from the following geographic regions:
- Americas, Europe, Africa, western Asia
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 2056 Dec 22 at 01:48:56 TD (01:47:26 UT1). This is 3.0 days after the Moon reaches apogee. During the eclipse, the Moon is in the constellation Gemini. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1657.
The eclipse belongs to Saros 116 and is number 60 of 73 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moons ascending node. The Moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma decreases.
The penumbral lunar eclipse of 2056 Dec 22 is followed two weeks later by a total solar eclipse on 2057 Jan 05.
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 89.8 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 116 Table - data for all eclipses in the Saros series
The tables below contain detailed predictions and additional information on the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2056 Dec 22 .