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Total Lunar Eclipse April 15, 2014

A total lunar eclipse will take place on April 15, 2014, the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014, there are two solar eclipses and two total lunar eclipses as Apr 15: Total Lunar Eclipse2014 Apr 29: Annular Solar Eclipse2014 Oct 08: Total Lunar Eclipse2014 Oct 23: Partial Solar EclipseThe first eclipse of the year is well placed for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere. The eclipse occurs at the lunar orbit's ascending node in Virgo. The apparent diameter of the Moon is close to its average since the eclipse occurs nearly midway between apogee (April 08 at 14:53 UT) and perigee (April 23 at 00:28 UT). This is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 The Moon's orbital trajectory takes it through the southern half of Earth's umbral shadow. Although the eclipse is not central, the total phase still lasts 78 minutes. TThe entire event is visible from both North and South America. Observers in the western Pacific miss the first half of the eclipse because it occurs before moonrise. Likewise most of Europe and Africa experience moonset just as the eclipse begins. None of the eclipse is visible from north/east Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East or Central : times and dates used in this publication are in Universal Time or UT. This astronomically derived time system is colloquially referred to as Greenwich Mean Time or GMT. To learn more about UT and how to convert UT to your own local time, see Time Zones and Universal credits: Gotta Find OutYouTube Audio Library



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