The Shortest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Will Be Visible on April 4

Monday, 30 March 2015 - 4:19PM
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Monday, 30 March 2015 - 4:19PM
The Shortest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Will Be Visible on April 4
Right before sunrise on Saturday, April 4, people on Earth will be able to spot a total lunar eclipse, or a "blood moon," but for a wildly short period of time. At only five minutes, it will be the shortest lunar eclipse of the entire century.

The total lunar eclipse is the third in a series of four, or "tetrad." The first occurred on April 15, 2014, the second on October 8, and the last on September 28, 2015. The April 4 partial eclipse will begin at 6:16 and end at approximately 9:45 am ET, but the total eclipse will only last a mere five minutes, from 7:58 to 8:03 am ET.

These lunar eclipses, which occur when Earth is directly between the Sun and a full Moon, are affectionately named "blood moons" because the moon appears to turn bright red. This is the result of the sun's light passing through the atmosphere, which filters out most of the blue light. 

Want to know whether you can see the lunar eclipse in your region? Here's a world map of lunar eclipse visibility:

The Shortest Lunar Eclipse of the Century Will Be Visible on April 4

[Credit: NASA]



For those of you who can't see it, here's a Ustream of the event, which will air the lunar eclipse live:


And for anyone who's curious about the phenomenon, NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams will be conducting a Q&A via Twitter starting at 6:00 am and continuing up through the end of the blood moon. 

Via NASA

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