¡Sky Caramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending March 28, 2015
The total lunar eclipse of April 4, 2015 will be visible in its entirety from most of the Pacific Ocean and the islands in it, western Alaska, far northeast Russia, the eastern half of Australia and some other places.
From most of the Americas and the eastern part of the Pacific, the moon will set during the eclipse. So you might wake up to see the eclipse start but not get to see all of it. Watching an eclipsed moon setting is still a nice sight. For most of Asia, the Indian Ocean, and western Australia, this is a moonrise eclipse. And that’s cool too.
The entire eclipse, including the least visible parts, lasts about six hours. The most visible part is when the moon goes through the middle of Earth’s shadow. That part is three-and-a-half hours with a little less than five minutes of totality in the middle of it. This will be the shortest total lunar eclipse phase for any eclipse of the 21st Century.
The moon enters the penumbra at 09:01 Universal Time. That’s the outer part of Earth’s shadow. Earth is blocking only some ...