Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon, Total Eclipse - Time Zone Timetable

Tonight's total lunar eclipse is the first of four in 2014-2015.

From Sky & Telescope:

North America hasn't had a total eclipse of the Moon since 2011. But this long dry spell will break in the early morning hours of April 15th (beginning late on April 14th for the West Coast), when the full Moon passes through the umbra — the dark inner core of Earth's shadow.

The diagram and timetable below tell what to expect and when if you live in North America. The eclipse will also be visible from Central and South America and much of the Pacific. In eastern Australia the Moon doesn't rise until the total eclipse is already underway on the evening of the 15th.

If it's cloudy from your location in North America, you won't have another long wait for the next total lunar eclipse. The next one comes on the morning of October 8th for the whole continent except the farthest northeast. In fact, April's event is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014–15! Such eclipse tetrads are not common — the last one occurred a decade ago, but the next won't begin until 2032.
There are some clouds here, but the moon is visible.

The moon is illuminating the clouds. Quite lovely.

The total eclipse begins at 2:07 AM.


Perfect viewing so far.

Just beautiful!