Basic Astronomy

Total Lunar Eclipse on 28th September 2015

A total lunar eclipse will take place on 28th September, 2015. This is the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2015.

The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 1 hr and 12 mins. From beginning of the eclipse to end of the eclipse, it will take 3 hrs and 20 mins.

Recently Moon is polpularly referred as Blood Moon at the time of total lunar eclipse. This term has no technical or astronomical basis and the originn of this term is unclear.

Astrosat Launch
(Photo credit: ISRO)
Moon's path through the Earth's shadow.

A lunar eclipse can occur only at full Moon. Lunar eclipses occur when Earths shadow blocks the light from Sun, which otherwise reflects off the Moon.


Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at nearly same time.

The times displayed might be a minute or two off actual times.

EventUTC Time
Penumbral Eclipse begins28 Sep, 00:11:47
Partial Eclipse begins28 Sep, 01:07:11
Full Eclipse begins28 Sep, 02:11:10
Maximum Eclipse28 Sep, 02:47:07
Full Eclipse ends28 Sep, 03:23:05
Partial Eclipse ends28 Sep, 04:27:03
Penumbral Eclipse ends28 Sep, 05:22:27

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