Lunar Eclipse On Thursday April 25 2013

A partial lunar eclipse will be occurring on Thursday April 25th, right around 20:00 UT. The lunar eclipse, the first of the year, will be highly visible to observers in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The eclipse will not be visible from North America at all.

Image Credit: Partial Lunar Eclipse via Flickr CC
Image Credit: Partial Lunar Eclipse via Flickr CC

When it’s said that the eclipse is a partial one what that means is that at maximum eclipse only a portion of the Moon will be obscured by the Earth’s umbral shadow, roughly half of the Moon will be darkened from the penumbral shadow though.

The exact times follow: the penumbral eclipse begins at 18:03:38 UTC, the partial eclipse begins at 19:54:08 UTC, followed by the maximum eclipse at 20:07:30 UTC. The partial eclipse then ends at 20:21:02 UTC, and the penumbral eclipse ends at 22:11:26 UTC.

If you’re unsure of what the visibility will be like where you are located, the graphic below should help to clarify that.

Image Credit: F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC
Image Credit: F. Espenak, NASA’s GSFC

Following this lunar eclipse there will be a solar eclipse in about two weeks, on May 10th, the first of the year. That eclipse will be visible to those throughout the Pacific region, including Eastern Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and even Hawaii.

For more information on these eclipses, and the other major astronomical events of the year, check out: Astronomy 2013, Comet ISON, Dance of the Planets, Meteor Showers, Super Moon, Eclipses, Etc

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