Total Lunar Eclipse, 8 Oct. 2014: maps and simulation

Total Lunar Eclipse: 8 Oct. 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse: 8 Oct. 2014

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Next 8 Oct. 2014, the Moon will offer once again one of the most beautiful natural shows: a very nice total eclipse, the second one of the year. Of course, in order to see it, you must be in the right part of the globe.

During the eclipse, the Moon will be in the Pisces constellation (star chart above), with planet Uranus less than half degree apart. This is a nice chance to locate this planet and take images showing both the Moon and Uranus and the totality.

Looking at the map below, the eclipse will NOT be visible from Europe, Africa and a small fraction of Asia; those living the the Americas, Australia and much of Asia will be luck enough to see it.

8 Oct. 2014 total lunar eclipse: circumstances

8 Oct. 2014 total lunar eclipse: circumstances

Here are times for this total lunar eclipse:

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 08:15:33 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 09:14:48 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 10:25:10 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 10:54:36 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 11:24:00 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 12:34:21 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 13:33:43 UT

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During the totality, the Moon will show a very elegant bronze hue: that is due to the Earth’s atmosphere, filtering the solar sight and making possible for it to reach our satellite. If you were on the Moon at the totality, you would see a solar eclipse, with the bright, red Earth’s atmosphere surrounding the black silhouette of our planet: quite a sight!

 

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This is the second lunar eclipse of 2014: a total of four eclipses happens this year, two of Moon (15 Apr. and 8 Oct., both total ones) and two of sun (29 Apr., annular, and 23 Oct., partial).

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