Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Another Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse Timing Chart (via Universe Today)
 This one is gonna be good, and rare. On the night of June 15, 2011 the Moon will pass directly through the center of Earth's shadow cone. That means it will pass through the most complete, darkest part of the Earth's shadow, giving the moon a red or orange hue. This type of eclipse hasn't occurred in 11 years and will not happen again until 2018.

The eclipse visibility path will be rising over South America, western Africa and Europe, and setting over eastern Asia. If you are in western Asia, Australia, or the Philippines the eclipse should be visible just before sunrise.

Still not sure if you are in the lunar eclipse zone? Check on the map HERE to find out.

Here are your eclipse start and end times:

Penumbral Eclipse    Begins: 17:24:34 UT
 Partial Eclipse          Begins: 18:22:56 UT
 Total Eclipse             Begins: 19:22:30 UT
 Greatest Eclipse:      Begins: 20:12:37 UT
 Total Eclipse:             Ends:   21:02:42 UT
 Partial Eclipse:          Ends:   22:02:15 UT
 Penumbral Eclipse:    Ends:   23:00:45 UT

Did none of that make sense? Click HERE for an easy-to-read explanation of of shadow zone terms.

If you are like me and live in a place where you won't be able to see the eclipse that's OK. You can still see it via the Intenet. Check out the AstronomyLive.com website and SLOOH for live broadcasts!

If you want the technical specs of the eclipse then visit NASA's 2011 eclipses page:  http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2011.html

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