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Eclipse Information

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A total lunar eclipse observable in all of their phases from the Iberian Peninsula took place during the night and early morning of November 8-9. The entire eclipse was visible from Europe and most of Africa as well as the eastern Americas. Various stages of the eclipse was in progress at moonset for observers throughout Asia. In the Western Hemisphere, the ingress partial phases was already in progress at moonrise for observers in western Canada and the U. S.

The second lunar eclipse of the year (the first one took place last May) started at 22:15 UT on November 8th with the beginning of the penumbral phase. The first umbral contact occurred at 23:33 UT. Totality began at 01:06 UT (November 9th) and lasted until 01:31 UT (third contact). The partial and penumbral phases ended at 03:05 UT and 04:22 UT, respectively.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins

22:15:00 TU

Partial Eclipse Begins

23:32:21 TU

Total Eclipse Begins

01:06:07 TU

Eclipse Maximum

01:18:23 TU

Total Eclipse Ends

01:30:38 TU

Partial Eclipse Ends

03:04:24 TU

Penumbral Eclipse Ends

04:21:48 TU

This eclipse is the last total eclipse of Saros 126 and it takes place at the ascending node of the Moon's orbit in Aries. The nearly grazing geometry of this event is the responsible for the short duration of the totality phase (25 minutes).

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From http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html - F. Espenak, NASA/GSFC

 
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