April 1950 Lunar Eclipse
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April 1950 Lunar Eclipse
Total Lunar Eclipse
April 2, 1950
(No photo)
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The moon passes west to east (right to left) across the Earth's umbral shadow, shown in hourly intervals.
Series 131 (30 of 72)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality
Partial
Penumbral
Contacts
P1 UTC
U1
U2
Greatest
U3
U4
P4

A total lunar eclipse took place on April 2, 1950. This was the first total lunar eclipse of Saros cycle 131.

Visibility

Lunar eclipse from moon-1950Apr02.png

Related lunar eclipses

Lunar year series

Lunar eclipse series sets from 1947-1951
Descending node   Ascending node
Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
Saros Date
Viewing
Type
Chart
111 1948 Apr 23
Lunar eclipse from moon-1948Apr23.png
Partial
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116 1948 Oct 18
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Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-1948Oct18.png
121 1949 Apr 13
Lunar eclipse from moon-1949Apr13.png
Total
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126 1949 Oct 07
Lunar eclipse from moon-1949Oct07.png
Total
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131 1950 Apr 02
Lunar eclipse from moon-1950Apr02.png
Total
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136 1950 Sep 26
Lunar eclipse from moon-1950Sep26.png
Total
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141 1951 Mar 23
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Penumbral
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146 1951 Sep 15
Lunar eclipse from moon-1951Sep15.png
Penumbral
Lunar eclipse chart close-1951Sep15.png

Saros series

Lunar Saros series 131, has 72 lunar eclipses. Solar Saros 138 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

This eclipse series began in AD 1427 with a partial eclipse at the southern edge of the Earth's shadow when the Moon was close to its descending node. Each successive Saros cycle, the Moon's orbital path is shifted northward with respect to the Earth's shadow, with the first total eclipse occurring in 1950. For the following 252 years, total eclipses occur, with the central eclipse being predicted to occur in 2078. The first partial eclipse after this is predicted to occur in the year 2220, and the final partial eclipse of the series will occur in 2707. The total lifetime of the lunar Saros series 131 is 1280 years. Solar Saros 138 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

Because of the 1/3 fraction of days in a Saros cycle, the visibility of each eclipse will differ for an observer at a given fixed locale. For the lunar Saros series 131, the first total eclipse of 1950 had its best visibility for viewers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East because mid-eclipse was at 20:44 UT. The following eclipse in the series occurred approximately 8 hours later in the day with mid-eclipse at 4:47 UT, and was best seen from North America and South America. The third total eclipse occurred approximately 8 hours later in the day than the second eclipse with mid-eclipse at 12:43 UT, and had its best visibility for viewers in the Western Pacific, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This cycle of visibility repeats from the initiation to termination of the series, with minor variations. Solar Saros 138 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

Lunar Saros series 131, repeating every 18 years and 11 days, has a total of 72 lunar eclipse events including 57 umbral lunar eclipses (42 partial lunar eclipses and 15 total lunar eclipses). Solar Saros 138 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

Greatest First
Lunar eclipse chart close-2094Jun28.png
The greatest eclipse of the series will occur on 2094 Jun 28, lasting 102 minutes.[1]
Penumbral Partial Total Central
1427 May 10 1553 July 25 1950 Apr 2 2022 May 16
Last
Central Total Partial Penumbral
2148 Jul 31 2202 Sep 3 2563 Apr 9 2707 Jul 7

The next occurrence was on April 13, 1968. The previous occurrence was March 22, 1932.

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