"May 15th's Total Lunar Eclipse!"

Scheduled air date: 2003 May 05-11


The Full Moon of the night of May 15-16 appears between the claws of the constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion.
(Shown about 10:00 PM for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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Get ready for the first of two Total Lunar Eclipses this year!
On the same night, the Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon will pass through Earth's shadow, forming a Total Lunar Eclipse visible from all of North America (weather permitting)!  During the darker umbral phase, the Moon will turn a beautiful, dark orange-red, which shouldn't be missed!
(Background stars and Ecliptic are shown for mid-Eclipse from central United States, and will vary slightly with your location and time.)

Below are key event times for the primary North American time zones:

Total Lunar Eclipse — Night of 2003 May 15*

Event Pacific (PDT) Mountain (MDT) Central (CDT) Eastern (EDT) Atlantic (ADT)
Moon enters penumbra 6:05 PM 7:05 PM 8:05 PM 9:05 PM 10:05 PM
Moon enters umbra 7:03 PM 8:03 PM 9:03 PM 10:03 PM 11:03 PM
Totality begins 8:14 PM 9:14 PM 10:14 PM 11:14 PM 12:14 AM
Mid-eclipse 8:40 PM 9:40 PM 10:40 PM 11:40 PM 12:40 AM
Totality ends 9:06 PM 10:06 PM 11:06 PM 12:06 AM 1:06 AM
Moon exits umbra 10:17 PM 11:17 PM 12:17 AM 1:17 AM 2:17 AM
Moon exits penumbra 11:15 AM 12:15 AM 1:15 AM 2:15 AM 3:15 AM

*Times shown after midnight (AM) are the morning of 2003 May 16.

The Moon will rise after the eclipse has begun for northwestern parts of North America.  Check Moonrise time for your area.

A second Total Lunar Eclipse visible from North America will occur later this year on the night of November 8-9.

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.


Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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