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Eclipse Information

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A total lunar eclipse observable from the Iberian Peninsula will take place during the night and early morning of October 27-28. The entire eclipse is visible from western Europe, western Africa and most of America. Various stages of the eclipse will be in progress at moonrise for observers in west-coast of America and in north-east of Asia. In the other side, the ingress partial phases will be in progress at moonset for observers in eastern Europe, western Asia and Africa. This eclipse could not be observed in Eastern Asia and Oceania.

The second lunar eclipse of the year (the first one took place in May) starts at 00:05 UT on October 28th with the beginning of the penumbral phase. The first umbral contact occurs at 01:14 UT. Totality begins at 02:23 UT and lasts until 03:44 UT (third contact). The partial and penumbral phases ends at 04:53 UT and 06:02 UT, respectively. Penumbral Eclipse Begins

Penumbral Eclipse Begins

00:05:35 UT

Partial Eclipse Begins

01:14:25 UT

Total Eclipse Begins

02:23:28 UT

Eclipse Maximum

03:04:06 UT

Total Eclipse Ends

03:44:43 UT

Partial Eclipse Ends

04:53:44 UT

Penumbral Eclipse Ends

06:02:44 UT

This is the eclipse num.19 of Saros 136 and it takes place in Aries (Ascendent node of the Moon's orbit). Although this eclipse is not central, the total phase have a large duration (81 minutes). This eclipse occurs near apogee of Moon's orbit so the Moon appeared rather small (30.6 arc-minutes).

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

Some of the most interesting events to measure during a lunar eclipse are the ingress and egress phases of the Earth's shadow in several lunar craters. The timing of craters is useful in determining the atmospheric enlargement of the Earth's shadow. See Crater Timings page.

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