December 2009 lunar eclipse

December 2009 lunar eclipse
Partial Lunar Eclipse
December 31, 2009
December 2009 partrial lunar eclipse-cropped.png
Near maximum eclipse from Ireland
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The southern edge of the moon will completely darken as the moon moves through the Earth's umbral shadow
Series (and member) 115 (57 of 72)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Partial 0:59:58
Penumbral 4:11:03
Contact times (UTC)
P1 17:17:08
U1 18:52:43
Greatest 19:22:39
U4 19:52:41
P4 21:28:11
Lunar eclipse chart-2009Dec31.png
The moon's hourly motion across the Earth's shadow in the constellation of Gemini

A partial lunar eclipse was visible on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2009. It was the last and largest of four minor lunar eclipses in 2009. This lunar eclipse is also notable, because it occurred during a blue moon (a second full moon in December). The next eclipse on New Year's Eve and blue moon will occur on December 31, 2028.

Only a small portion of the Moon entered the Earth's umbral shadow, but there was a distinct darkening visible over the Moon's southern surface at greatest eclipse.



It was visible from all of Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia. In the Philippines, the lunar eclipse was started last January 1, 2010, when it was very visible at mid-dawn until before sunrise.

Lunar eclipse from moon-2009Dec31.png
This simulation shows the view of the earth as viewed from the center of the moon at greatest eclipse. The partially eclipsed sun is visible above the north pole.


Visibility Lunar Eclipse 2009-12-31.png



Degania A, Israel


Related eclipses

Lunar year (354 days)

This eclipse is the one of four lunar eclipses in a short-lived series. The lunar year series repeats after 12 lunations or 354 days (Shifting back about 10 days in sequential years). Because of the date shift, the Earth's shadow will be about 11 degrees west in sequential events.

Lunar eclipse series sets from 2009–2013
Ascending node   Descending node
Saros #
Saros #
110 2009 July 07
Lunar eclipse from moon-2009Jul07.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2009jul07.png
December 2009 partrial lunar eclipse-cropped.png
2009 Dec 31
Lunar eclipse from moon-2009Dec31.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2009Dec31.png
Lunar eclipse june 2010 northup.jpg
2010 June 26
Lunar eclipse from moon-2010Jun26.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2010jun26.png
12 21 10 Lunar Eclipse OrlandoFL-cropped.jpg
2010 Dec 21
Lunar eclipse from moon-2010Dec21.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-10dec21.png
Lunar eclipse June 2011 Total.jpg
2011 June 15
Lunar eclipse from moon-2011Jun15.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2011jun15.png
135 2011 Dec 10
Lunar eclipse from moon-2011Dec10.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2011Dec10.png
140 2012 June 04
Lunar eclipse from moon-2012Jun04.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2012Jun04.png
145 2012 Nov 28
Lunar eclipse from moon-2012Nov28.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2012Nov28.png
150 2013 May 25
Lunar eclipse from moon-2013May25.png
Lunar eclipse chart close-2013May25.png
Last set 2009 Aug 06 Last set 2009 Feb 9
Next set 2013 Apr 25 Next set 2013 Oct 18

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