May 1453 lunar eclipse

May 1453 lunar eclipse
Partial eclipse
Date22 May 1453
Gamma-0.6067
Magnitude0.7446
Saros cycle102 (56 of 84)
Partiality178 minutes, 43 seconds
Penumbral315 minutes, 27 seconds
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A partial lunar eclipse occurred on 22 May 1453.

Observations

It was seen during the Fall of Constantinople (the capture of the capital of the Byzantine Empire), during the siege that lasted from Thursday, 5 April 1453 until Tuesday, 29 May 1453), after which the city fell to the Ottomans. The lunar eclipse was considered to be fulfilling a prophecy for the city's demise. It is said[by whom?] a blood moon took place during the eclipse.