APRIL 15 TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (YES, Something Good on Tax Day)!
Illustration Credit & Copyright: Michael Zeiler. CLICK photo for larger view and look below for information, a great field guide video by Michael Zeiler and links of interest. Here’s my quick data page on the four 2014 eclipses: http://danspace77.com/2014-eclipses-2/
*** April 15, 2014 – TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
VISIBILITY – All of the Americas.
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 04:37 UTC
Partial Eclipse Begins: 05:58 UTC
Total Eclipse Begins: 07:06 UTC
Greatest Eclipse: 07:45 UTC
Total Eclipse Ends: 08:24 UTC
Partial Eclipse Ends: 09:33 UTC
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 10:37 UTC
Observers in the Western Pacific will at best catch a penumbral or partial Lunar Eclipse due to the eclipse taking place before or at Moonrise. Conversely, observers in Europe and Africa will see the same because the Moon will be setting as the event begins. The eclipse will not be visible at all from North East Europe, Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
The two (2) Lunar Eclipses this year also begin what’s called “Tetrads” which is four (4) consecutive Total Lunar Eclipses. There are eight (8) Tetrads in the 21st century this one (2014/2015) is the second in the series with the next series beginning in 2032.
What makes this eclipse special to me is that Mars will be close to the full moon during the eclipse so you can look up and see the Red planet next to the Red moon.
Michael Zeiler Field Guide for the April Total Lunar Eclipse:
NASA Map of the April 14/15 Total Lunar Eclipse: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHfigures/OH2014-Fig01.pdf
Mr. Eclipse page for this event: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEdata/TLE2014Apr15/TLE2014Apr15.html
MoonGiant Lunar Eclipse Calendar: http://www.moongiant.com/Lunar_Eclipse_Calendar.php
NASA TETRAD table chart: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2014-Tab06.pdf
NASA Comprehensive 7000 year eclipse database: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html