Fwd: Lunar Eclipse!
- From my employer's daily newsletter...
Lunar Eclipse! Although a lunar eclipse may not have the "wow" factor of a
solar eclipse, it is nonetheless a spectacular event that one should
definitely not miss. The upcoming eclipse occurring during the night of
May 15th and early on the 16th will be visible over all of North America
except for the extreme northwest portions of the continent. Eclipse
observers from Ontario eastward will see all phases of the eclipse while
those to the west will see the Moon rising with the eclipse already
underway, although totality will still be visible.
An eclipse of the Moon can only occur at full Moon and only when the Earth
is exactly between the Sun and the Moon. Usually occurring twice a year,
the Moon becomes engulfed in the Earth's shadow for up to 1 1/2 hours.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is seen from the nightside
of Earth, providing millions of front-row seats for interested observers.
The Moon never becomes completely blacked out during a lunar eclipse.
Sunlight diffusing through the Earth's atmosphere bathes the Moon in a
dull glow that reduces it to about 1/10,000th of the normal brightness of
a full Moon.
On Thursday, May 15, the moon will rise in the East-Southeast 20 percent
eclipsed at 7:13 p.m., will enter totality at 8:13 p.m. and will reach
maximum eclipse with a red orange glow at 8:40 p.m.