Lunar Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Moon
October 8, 2014

There will be total eclipse of the moon on October 8, 2014. This is the second and the last lunar eclipse of year 2014. Only the last stage of the eclipse is visible from India as during most of the eclipse the Moon will be below the horizon.

The eclipse on Oct 8 begins at 1:43 p.m. Indian time when the Moon enters the penumbral shadow of the the Earth.  The totality of the eclipse begins at 3:54 p.m.  and the eclipse ends at 7:05 IST.  Table below gives the exact time of the various stages of the eclipse. (See below for the explanation of various terms.)

  •               Moon enters penumbra:  13:43:48
  •                     Moon enters umbra:    14:44:12
  •                              Start of totality:    15:54:22
  •                         Maximum eclipse:    16:24:21
  •                                End of totality:   16:54:17
  •                     Moon leaves umbra:   18:04:26
  •             Moon leaves penumbra:    19:04:57

You are urged to check the moon rise time for your city.

A lunar eclipse takes place on the full moon night when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon comes on a straight line. Normally during the full  moon phase that takes place once every month, the Moon passes slightly below or above the shadow of the Earth.   This is because the plane in which the Moon orbits  the Earth is inclined by about 5 degrees (red lines below).Earth Moon _ inclination2 But on occasions  the Moon passes through the shadow zone of the Earth (between blue lines) and when this happens we see the Eclipse of the Moon

The shadow of the Earth has two parts central dark part called umbra and fainter outer part called penumbra.



About skytonight

I am the present Director of Nehru Planetarium of Nehru Centre Mumbai, India I like to talk about astronomy and sky observations to general public.
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