Basic Astronomy

Total lunar eclipse on 10th December 2011

A total lunar eclipse is going to take place on 10th December, 2011. This is the second total lunar eclipse in 2011, the first being occurred on 15th June.

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The Moon passes right to left through the Earth's shadow. The time is in UT.

A total lunar eclipse is a rare phenomenon and occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the Sun and moon in such a way that Moon is totally hidden in the shadow cast by Earth. Eclipse can occur only when the Earth, sun and Moon are aligned in a straight line. Due to indirect sunlight from scattering of atmosphere of earth, the moon do not totally disappear due to eclipse but shows beautiful shade of red colour.

The eclipse will be visible from Australia and all of Asia. Observers in Africa and Europe will miss the early phases of eclipse as they occur before moon rise. It will be seen as rising over eastern Europe, and setting over north-west North America.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on 15th April 2014 and next partial lunar eclipse will take place on 4th June 2012.

lunar eclipse
The above map shows regions from where the lunar eclipse will be visible.

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