The partial lunar eclipse of 1997 March 23/24 was visible from all of North America, but was best observed from the eastern seaboard. The Moon began to enter the Earth's umbra (total shadow) at 9:58 P.M. EST, mideclipse occured at 11:39 P.M. EST, and the Moon exited the umbra at 1:21 A.M. EST. At mideclipse 92% of the Moon lay in the umbra, and it took on the reddish hue observed with total eclipses, with a bright sliver of light at the top.
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Last update: 1997 February 2
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