Lunar Eclipse Calendar


What is a lunar eclipse calendar? A lunar eclipse calendar is a calendar that is based on cycles of the moon phases. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon lines up precisely behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays and the Earths shadow falls upon the Moon. This relatively rare occurrence only happens when the Moon, Earth and Sun are exactly or very closely aligned, with the Earth in the middle. The shadow cast can partially or totally cover the Moon, creating partial eclipses and total eclipses for our viewing pleasure. The type and length of a lunar eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours and can be viewed from anyone on the night side of the Earth. Because lunar eclipses are no brighter than the full moon itself, they are safe to observe without any eye protection or special precautions.

Lunar Eclipse Calendar

The lunar eclipse calendar is a listing of all lunar eclipses from 2016 through 2018. Times are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. The type and length of a lunar eclipse depends upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours and can be viewed from anyone on the night side of the Earth. For additional lunar eclipse dates, please see NASA’s lunar eclipse page.

ObjectTypeYearDateVisibility
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2016Mar 23Much of Asia, Australia, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2016Sep 16/17Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2017Feb 10/11Europe, Much of Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica
Lunar EclipsePartial2017Aug 7/8Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica
Lunar EclipseTotal2018Jan 31North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica
Lunar EclipseTotal2018Jul 27/28Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South in North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica
Lunar EclipseTotal2019Jan 21Central Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa
Lunar EclipsePartial2019Jul 16South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020Jan 10Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020Jun 05Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020Jul 05Americas, South/West Europe, Africa
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020Nov 30Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas

Lunar Eclipse Cycle

Every year there are at least two lunar eclipses, although total lunar eclipses are significantly less common. If one knows the date and time of an eclipse, it is possible to predict the occurrence of other eclipses using an eclipse cycle like the saros.

Lunar Eclipse Mythology

Lunar Eclipse Calendar

Lunar Eclipse Calendar

Several cultures have myths related to the lunar eclipse. The Egyptians saw the eclipse as a sow swallowing the moon for a short time. Other cultures viewed the eclipse as the moon being swallowed by other animals, such as a jaguar in Mayan tradition, or a three legged toad in China. Some societies thought it was a demon swallowing the moon, and that they could chase it away by throwing stones and curses at it.

Popular Full Moon Calendars

Some popular full moon calendars, in addition to the Lunar Eclipse Calendar, include the following: Moon Calendar 2011, Moon Calendar 2012, Moon Calendar 2013, Moon Calendar 2014, Moon Calendar 2015, Moon Calendar 2016, Moon Calendar 2017, Moon Calendar 2018, Moon Calendar 2019, Moon Calendar 2020.

You can also check out our Full Moon Calendar, Lunar Calendar, Lunar Eclipse Calendar and Solar Eclipse Calendar!