Time to observe based on UTC time
05:29am - 11:01am (GMT)
On: December 21 Your time Zone: UTC/GMT +3 hours
Current Universal (UT) date and time
12/09/21 - 14:27 UT (month/day/year - time in 24hr format)
Phases of the lunar eclipse by UT time
Penumbral begins: 5:29 UT Partial eclipse begins: 6:33 UT Total eclipse begins: 7:41 UT Greatest eclipse: 8:17 UT
Total Eclipse ends: 8:53 UT Partial eclipse ends: 10:01 UT Penumbral ends: 11:05 UT
How to observe the eclipse
Unlike solar eclipses, all lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch without the use of special glasses or filters. All you need is your two eyes, and maybe a cup of your favorite drink to keep you warm.
A telescope or binoculars are not required to view a lunar eclipse, but these instruments may come in handy if you do use them. A standard pair of 7x50 or 7x35 binoculars would help magnify your view, thus making the red coloration on the moon brighter and easier to see.
View the map below to see viewable phases
If a curve is west of your location during moonset, this means that you will not be able to view all the phases west of that curve. However, you will be able to observe phases to the east of your location.
If a curve is east of your location during moonrise, this means that you will not be able to view all the phases east of that curve. However, you will be able to observe phases to the west of your location.
Places & Viewing locations
Asia - Iraq
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