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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lunar Eclipse on April 15th

According to a map graphic on NASA's Eclipse website (link opens in new tab or window), this year's first total lunar eclipse can be watched in North America, South America, and the Pacific Ocean at about 7:06:47 UT (Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time), which means 2:06 A.M. (April 15th) Eastern Time in the United States. The greatest extent of the total eclipse is expected to occur at 7:45:40 UT (2:45 Eastern Time); the NASA link above gives greater details about the eclipse's timing. Meanwhile, eastern Australia, Japan, eastern Russia, New Zealand, The Philippines, and other nearby areas may also see the total eclipse, but after sunset on April 15th. During the eclipse, the moon is considered a Blood Moon due to its reddish color. Regardless of where you are geographically located, the moon will be within the territory of VIRGO, a constellation located in the Northern Hemisphere's southern sky and the Southern Hemisphere's northern sky.

For more information and a video of what will happen, go to Elizabeth Howell's report. EarthSky's story is also informative and well-written.

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula