Moon Day Info

May 25, 2013 Lunar Eclipse

by on Apr.30, 2013, under Lunar Eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on May 25, 2013, the second of three lunar eclipses in 2013. It will be visually imperceptible due to the small entry into the penumbral shadow.

The last of three lunar eclipses in 2013 will take place on October 18, 2013.

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April 25, 2013 Lunar Eclipse

by on Apr.30, 2013, under Lunar Eclipse

The first of three lunar eclipses in 2013, a partial lunar eclipse in Scorpio took place on April 25, 2013. Only a tiny sliver (about 1%) of the Moon was covered by the Earth’s umbral shadow at maximum eclipse, but the entire northern half of the Moon was darkened from being inside the penumbral shadow. This was the second shortest partial eclipse of the Moon for the 21st century, lasting 27 minutes.

In the future almost 30 years from now, on September 29, 2042, a partial eclipse of just 0.3% lasting just 12 minutes will be visible.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse, November 28, 2012

by on Nov.14, 2012, under Lunar Eclipse

On November 28, 2012, the second, and the last of two lunar eclipses in 2012 will take place. It is going to be a partial lunar eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse

This eclipse will be visible in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Asia.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse, June 4, 2012

by on Jan.05, 2012, under Lunar Eclipse

On June 4, 2012 a partial lunar eclipse will be completely visible over Australia, rising over eastern Asia, and setting over western North America.

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The partial eclipse will begin at 09:59:24 UT, and end just over 2 hours later at 12:07:04 UT, with the moment of greatest eclipse at 11:03:16 UT. The penumbral phases of the eclipse begin at 08:46:33 UT, and end at 13:19:58 UT.

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Total Lunar Eclipse, December 10, 2011

by on Aug.04, 2011, under Lunar Eclipse

The second of two total lunar eclipses in 2011 will take place on December 10, 2011.

It will be visible as setting over northwest North America, and as rising over eastern Europe. All of Asia and Australia will enjoy it fully, and in the Philippines the lunar eclipse will be visible just after the sunset.

Eclipse Visibility Map

December 10, 2011 will be a total lunar eclipse (full moon) in Gemini.

Total lunar eclipses happen only on full moons, they stir up emotions, and in astrology mean endings of relationships (personal and business). During a lunar eclipse conscious is “dwarfed” or turned off completely, giving place to the unconscious impulses. During this period emotionally meaningful aspects of life define the main actions.

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Total Lunar Eclipse, June 15, 2011

by on May.31, 2011, under Lunar Eclipse

The first of two total lunar eclipses in 2011 will take place on June 15, 2011, it is a relatively rare central eclipse where the moon passes in front of the center of the Earth’s shadow.

Eclipse Visibility Map

It will be visible completely over Africa, and Central Asia, visible rising over South America, western Africa, and Europe, and setting over eastern Asia. In western Asia, Australia and the Philippines, the lunar eclipse will be visible just before sunrise.

North America will miss the June show and witness only a part of next December’s eclipse which will happen on December 10, 2011.

December 10, 2011 will be a total lunar eclipse (full moon) in Gemini.

Total lunar eclipses happen only on full moons, they stir up emotions, and in astrology mean endings of relationships (personal and business). During a lunar eclipse conscious is “dwarfed” or turned off completely, giving place to the unconscious impulses. During this period emotionally meaningful aspects of life define the main actions.

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Total Lunar Eclipse, December 21, 2010

by on Dec.02, 2010, under Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will be visible just after midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 21, 2010 in North and South America. The beginning of the total eclipse will be visible from northern Europe just before sunrise. The end of the total eclipse will be visible rising at sunset for Japan and northeastern Asia, it also appears very visible to the Philippines just before sunset.

Lunar Eclipse, December 21, 2010

It is the last of two lunar eclipses in 2010, and the first total lunar eclipse in nearly 3 years (from February 2008).

According to NASA North and Central America should both be able to view the entire eclipse, which is estimated to take about 3.5 hours. Total eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. PST on Monday, or 2:41 a.m. EST on Tuesday. The totality phase when the moon is entirely inside Earth’s shadow will last a little approximately 72 minutes.

This lunar eclipse actually coincides with the winter solstice, meaning that the moon will appear high in the night sky, aiding visibility for revelers. This is the first time an eclipse has coincided with a solstice since December 21, 1638, and the next one won’t come around again until 2094. The Ursids meteor shower will also be taking place.

The following two lunar eclipses are total, on June 15, 2011 and December 10, 2011. North America will miss the June show and witness only a part of next December’s eclipse.

Total lunar eclipses are full moons which bring endings and stir up sentimental emotions. The relationship in question may be romantic, for established relationships, or business.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse, June 26, 2010

by on Jun.26, 2010, under Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse (53.7% of the moon will be covered by the earth’s shadow) will take place on June 26, 2010 at 11:39:34 (Time UT). The eclipse can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the United States. It will start around 2:30 am and end around about 6:00 am, with the best time to see the eclipse between 3am and 4am.

This is the first of two lunar eclipses in 2010. The second will be a total eclipse on December 21, 2010.

Lunar Eclipse, June 26, 2010

This lunar eclipse is time for positive changes, renewal, when the most important personal goals come into focus. Problem may aggravate, but then dissolve. Thoughts of career and self-image, as well as home may become prevalent. Seclusion, fasting, meditation, planning and creative visualization is recommended.

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Lunar Eclipses in 2010-2011

by on Jun.26, 2010, under Lunar Eclipse

There will be two lunar eclipses in 2010:
The lunar eclipse on June 26, 2010 will be partial.
A total lunar eclipse will take place on December 21, 2010.

Partial Eclipse June 26, 2010
Total Eclipse December 21, 2010

The two lunar eclipses in 2011 will be total lunar eclipses:
On June 15, 2011 and December 10, 2011.

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About Lunar Eclipse

by on Jun.25, 2010, under About Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth and the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. There is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes.

Geometry of a Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on Earth (at night), and may last for a few hours.

Types of Lunar Eclipses

The shadow of the Earth can be divided into two distinctive parts: the umbra and penumbra. Within the umbra, there is no direct solar radiation. However, as a result of the Sun’s large angular size, solar illumination is only partially blocked in the outer portion of the Earth’s shadow, which is given the name penumbra.

A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the Moon’s surface. A special type of penumbral eclipse is a total penumbral eclipse, during which the Moon lies exclusively within the Earth’s penumbra. Total penumbral eclipses are rare, and when these occur, that portion of the Moon which is closest to the umbra can appear somewhat darker than the rest of the Moon.

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when only a portion of the Moon enters the umbra. When the Moon travels completely into the Earth’s umbra, one observes a total lunar eclipse. The Moon’s speed through the shadow is about one kilometer per second (2,300 mph), and totality may last up to nearly 107 minutes. Nevertheless, the total time between the Moon’s first and last contact with the shadow is much longer, and could last up to 3.8 hours. The relative distance of the Moon from the Earth at the time of an eclipse can affect the eclipse’s duration. In particular, when the Moon is near its apogee, the farthest point from the Earth in its orbit, its orbital speed is the slowest. The diameter of the umbra does not decrease much with distance. Thus, a totally eclipsed Moon occurring near apogee will lengthen the duration of totality.

Every year there are at least two lunar eclipses, although total lunar eclipses are significantly less common. If one knows the date and time of an eclipse, it is possible to predict the occurrence of other eclipses using an eclipse cycle like the Saros cycle.

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