Thursday, 9 June 2011

Another Eclipse, Please!

Last week we reported about the spectacular partial eclipse of the midnight sun and also we published some photos. It was a great event, so can we have another eclipse, please?

No problem. Next week, on 15th June 2011, there will be a total eclipse of the moon. This lunar eclipse will be visible in a large part of the world, with the only exception of North America and the northern polar regions. In fact, it won't be visible in the area of the EISCAT radars at all.

However, this eclipse will be special in its own right: it will be exceptionally long in duration, lasting a full 100 minutes! According to Fred Espenak's "Five Millennium Catalog of Lunar Eclipses," the longest lunar eclipse between 2000 BC and 3000 AD was only marginally longer at 106.6 minutes, and it happened on 31st May 318. According to a recent article, it will be the second-longest eclipse in this century.

The total lunar eclipse will last from 19:23 UTC to 21:03 UTC. Please refer to this page for the times of penumbral and partial phases of the eclipse. Click on the map provided there to get a larger map shown where and when the eclipse is visible.

Credit: the image above is taken from the Wikipedia article Lunar Eclipse.

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