Lunar Eclipse Dates for the Next Two Years

During a lunar eclipse, the full Moon enters the shadow of Earth, which cuts off all or part of the sunlight reflected off the Moon.  Learn more about lunar terminology.

The following are the lunar eclipses for the next two years:

March 23, 2016: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon This eclipse will be visible from North America. Western regions will be able to see the entire eclipse. In Eastern regions the Moon will be very close to the horizon and only the beginning of the eclipse will be visible before the Moon sets. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 5:37 A.M. EDT and will leave the penumbra at 9:57 A.M.

September 16, 2016: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon This eclipse will not be visible from North America but will be visible from Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

February 10, 2017: Penumbral eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse will be visible from North America. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 5:32 P.M. EST and leave it at 9:55 P.M.

August 7, 2017: Partial eclipse of the Moon. This eclipse will not be visible from North America but can be seen from the western Pacific Ocean, Oceania, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Europe, and easternmost tip of South America.