15Apr2014

Total Lunar Eclipse: April 15 2014



The total lunar eclipse of April 15 2014 will be visible over east Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

The penumbral eclipse -- the least exciting, and hardest to see part -- will begin at 04:52:00 UT and end at 10:39:12 UT. It will be visible from the Atlantic, including western Africa and eastern South America, when it begins around Moonset; then the Americas and the Pacific; and finally eastern Indonesia and Australia as it ends at around Moonrise. While subtle, the penumbral phases should be visible before and after the partial eclipse as a shading across the Moon.

The partial eclipse will begin at 05:57:58 UT and end just over 3½ hours later at 09:33:22 UT, and will be visible from a slightly smaller area. The total eclipse lasts for over one hour; it begins at 07:06:21 UT and ends at 08:24:59 UT, with the moment of greatest eclipse at 07:45:39 UT. It is visible over extreme south-east Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

The total eclipse should be a spectacular sight; the Moon will be well within the Earth's shadow, the umbral magnitude being 1.296, and should be deeply coloured by the Earth's atmosphere. Don't miss it!

More information on this eclipse may be found at Fred Espenak's site.

The following map shows the areas where the partial eclipse will be visible:


Visibility of the partial eclipse.

This map shows the position of the Moon (the cross in the centre) at the time of maximum eclipse. The darkened area sees the whole partial eclipse; the pink areas to the right see only the beginning; and the blue areas on the left see the end.

The following map shows the areas where the total eclipse will be visible:


Visibility of the total eclipse.

This map shows the position of the Moon (the cross in the centre) at the time of maximum eclipse. The darkened area sees the whole total eclipse; the pink areas to the right see only the beginning; and the blue areas on the left see the end. The moment of maximum eclipse will be visible from the darker pink and blue areas, and the whole of the darkened area.

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