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Total lunar eclipse on 15 June 2011

On June 15, 2011, a total lunar eclipse will take place .

This lunar eclipse is a rare event as the moon will pass through the center of the Earth's shadow. This is called central eclipse. Last time we had a lunar eclipse closer to the center of the earth's shadow on 16th July 2000 and the next central total lunar eclipse will be on 27th July 2018.

Lunar eclipse 15 June 2011
(The time is in UT.)

The eclipse will be a spectacular opportunity for visitor and photographers as it will look red before eclipse. The moon will change colour because of blue and other short wavelengths light - which will scatter more in the Earth's atmosphere, with more red light getting through.

The eclipse will be completely visible from Central Asia and Africa. In Europe, South America and Western Africa the eclipse will be visible rising and in Eastern Asia it will be visible setting. In Australia, Philippines and Western Asia the lunar eclipse will be visible just before sunrise. In the final stage of the eclipse, the moon moves into the lighter part of Earth's shadow and will likely take on a yellowish hue.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth and sun line up and Earth casts a shadow that engulfs the moon.

Unlike solar eclipses, a lunar eclipse is safe to watch with the naked eye.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on 10th December 2011.

Lunar eclipse visibility

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