On April 4th at 3:19 UT (10:19 pm CST April 3rd) our Moon will be at its ascending node, crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving toward the north. a few hours later, at 12:06 UT (1:06 am CST) the Moon will be at its full Moon phase. This combination can mean only one thing – a lunar eclipse.
The lunar eclipse begins early in the morning on Saturday from where I live within the Central Time Zone in the U.S.A. The lunar eclipse will be in progress when the Moon sets at sunrise my local time. Starting at 09:01 UT (04:01 am CST) the Moon will enter the Earth’s fainter outer shadow, the penumbra and during nearly the next six hours the Moon will follow a path taking it across the upper most part of the northern half of the Earth’s darker inner shadow, the umbra. This will be a rather short total lunar eclipse only lasting approximately 5 minutes.
This total lunar eclipse will be visible from across the entire continental United States and the duration of the eclipse visible from your particular time zone will be determined by your local time for moonset. Determining the times for the Moon and Sun to rise and set for that day or any day may be obtained from local newspapers or from the US Naval Observatory web site.
Adding to viewing the lunar eclipse will be the bluish-white star Spica in the constellation of Virgo the Harvest Maiden. The two will be separated by about 9o
Eclipse Stages Time: UTC Time: CST Penumbral eclipse begins: 09:01:27 UT 04:01 CST Partial eclipse begins: 10:15:45 UT 05:15 CST Total eclipse begins: 11:57:54 UT 06:57 CST Maximum eclipse: 12:00:15 UT 07:00 CST Total eclipse ends: 12:02:37 UT 07:02 CST Sunrise 06:58 CST Moonset 07:04 CST Partial eclipse ends: 13:44:46 UT 08:44 CST Penumbral eclipse ends: 14:58:58 UT 09:58 CST
- The next total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S.A.