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The First of Four Lunar Eclipses

| April 14, 2014


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Early Tuesday morning the first of four total lunar eclipses will occur. The lunar eclipse can be viewed from all over North and South America.

Now, a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth, and into it’s shadow.

Our neighbor the moon will trail into the shadow of the earth and darken, but it never disappears in the blackness because sunlight refracted around the earth itself will darken in a reddish coppery, almost bloody-like fashion the face of the moon,” says Larry Berz, astronomy teacher at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

Unfortunately, Berz says, sky conditions are not looking good. The forecast is calling for some scattered rain showers with mostly cloudy skies. That said, he says it’s worth stepping outside regardless.

“I strongly encourage people to begin their eclipse experience even at sunset time, about 7 o’clock this evening to possible glimpse the full moon appearing in eastern skies. The moon whether we see it or not, will cascade across the sky through the course of the evening,” says Berz.

Berz says the actual eclipse event will become visible at 2:00 am on the 15th. The total eclipse will occur around 3:07 am and continue until 4:25am. After that it will go back into a partial eclipse until around 5:30 am. Now, if you miss the eclipse due to sky conditions, Berz says not too worry. Another total eclipse will happen on October 8th of this year and two more in 2015. One on April 4th and the other on September 28th.

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