Lunar Eclipse on Tuesday, April 15th

Lunar Eclipse on Tuesday, April 15th

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A total lunar eclipse happens before sunrise on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. That's when the moon passes entirely into the full shadow of Earth. This event will be visible anywhere in the Southeastern United States, and in most of the rest of the country, but only where the sky is not cloudy! The current outlook for the WKRG-TV area is for mostly cloudy skies on that night.

The full moon will rise on Monday evening at 6:59pm. After midnight is when the eclipse occurs. It starts at 12:58am Central time on Tuesday, when the edge of the moon has a shadow creeping across it from left to right. This partial eclipse slowly process progresses over an hour. The moon enters full eclipse at 2:07am.

The full eclipse portion of the moon lasts for over an hour. At 3:25am, the moon begins to emerge from the shadow of Earth. You'll see the shadow move away from left to right across the moon as the moon lowers in the sky. This partial eclipse phase also lasts just over an hour, ending at 4:33am.

For the same reason that sunsets are often red or orange, the moon should take on a reddish or orange hue during the full or total portion of the eclipse. This is from light being scattered in Earth's atmosphere before reaching the moon. The shorter wavelength colors are not as strong, leaving the longer wavelength colors to be seen.

Here are specifics on the eclipse from NASA.

There will be two other lunar eclipses before 2015 ends. The four combined are known as a Tetrad. Here are the dates.

More astronomy and eclipse science from EarthSky.org and from the Weather Education Section of wkrg.com


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