Another Lunar Eclipse is upon us and this one can be seen by more than half the world’s population. In fact this will only be missed by people living in South America. The sight will also be missed by a handful of people in Antarctica. It will be clearest for people living in Central and East Asia. Places like New Zealand will also get a great show, but will miss out on the last bit of the eclipse.
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Location, Location, Location
As with every eclipse, location is everything.
The Full Eclipse
The full duration of the eclipse will be visible from most of Russia, with the western part missing out on a bit, Kazakhstan, central Asian countries like Mongolia and China, eastern and south-eastern countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Phillippines. All the countries in this region, not mentioned here, will also get a great show. These countries will experience a 51 to 57 minute long eclipse, including the spectacular blood-red moon total eclipse.
Even countries as far east as Australia will get the full eclipse show. New Zealand will be just about unlucky to miss out on the last part of the eclipse. The moon will have set before the penumbral shadow is fully removed. But, as eclipse enthusiasts know, is not such a big miss anyway.
It is worth mentioning that for the Indian sub-continent and south-east Asian countries, this will be the last lunar eclipse till 2018. Try to catch this one!
Partial eclipse will be visible from most of Europe. Eastern Europe will get a longer show than the western part. The eclipse will start from moonrise and Europe will miss out on the initial penumbral phase. All of Europe will be able to see the eclipse totality. The same can be said about Africa.
The United States and Canada will be lucky enough to get almost the entire eclipse. It will also miss the initial penumbra. Alaska will the unlucky US state to be missing out.
The Important Timings
Here’s the list of the major times:
- The penumbral phase (P1) begins from 11:33 GMT (or 05:33 EST or 17:03 IST).
- The penumbral eclipse (U1) begins from 12: 45 GMT (06:45 EST or 18:15 IST)
- Total eclipse (U2) begins from 14:06 GMT (08:06 EST or 19:36 IST)
- Greatest eclipse occurs at 14:31 GMT (08:31 EST or 20:01 IST)
- Total eclipse (U3) ends at 14:57 GMT (08:57 EST or 20:27 IST)
- Partial eclipse ends (U4) at 16:17 GMT (10:17 EST or 21:47 IST)
- Penumbral phase (P2) ends at 17:30 GMT ( 11:00 EST or 23:00 IST)
Here’s a small graphic summarizing the times. It also shows whether you’ll be able to see the eclipse or not, depending on where you are in the world.
The Red Moon
So there it is that’s all you need to know for the upcoming eclipse. We’ve told you everything except for the red moon.
At totality, the moon will appear red or even deep pink. This is because of the scattering of the little amount of light filtering through even during the eclipse by the dust particles in the atmosphere. The blood red moon is a sight to behold! Do not miss it for the world.