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.

ObjectTypeYearDate
Solar EclipseTotal2019July 2
Lunar EclipsePartial2019July 16-17
Solar EclipseAnnular2019December 26
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020January 10-11
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020June 5-6
Solar EclipseAnnular2020June 21
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020July 4-5
Lunar EclipsePenumbral2020November 29-30
Solar EclipseTotal2020December 14
Lunar EclipseTotal2021Nay 26
Solar EclipseAnnular2021June 10
Lunar EclipsePartial2021November 18-19
Solar EclipseTotal2021December 4

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!