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 Eclipse of the Moon April 4, 2015


The April 4th Eclipse starts with the Moon low in the western sky and sets at 6:50 a.m. with the Moon still entering the Umbra stage for the York area resulting in our area not seeing all of the eclipse. See: April Eclipse. Sunrise is at 6:46 a.m. Note: There will be a total Lunar eclipse September 28, 2015 which will be seen in totality for the U.S. See: September Eclipse

Total eclipse of the Moon
Delta T: 68.0s

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Eastern Daylight Time

Azimuth Altitude
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Moonrise 2015 Apr 03 18:59 94.4 ----
Moon enters penumbra 2015 Apr 04 04:59.6 244.9 19.3
Moon enters umbra 2015 Apr 04 06:15.4 257.7 5.9
Moonset 2015 Apr 04 06:51 263.2 ----

See:   Mr. Eclipse


For other locations other than York, PA. click on the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) Lunar Eclipse Computer link here:  LUNAR ECLIPSE COMPUTER

About an Eclipse

See explanation below.

According to folklore,  a full moon is called the "Hunter's Moon" or sometimes the "Blood Moon." It gets its name from hunters who tracked and killed their prey by autumn moonlight, stockpiling food for the winter ahead. You can picture them: silent figures padding through the forest, the moon overhead, pale as a corpse, its cold light betraying the creatures of the woods.  At first it will seem pale and cold, as usual. And then ... blood red. 

 What makes the eclipsed moon turn red? The answer lies inside Earth's shadow, Our planet casts a long shadow. It starts on the ground--Step outside at night. You're in Earth's shadow. Think about it!--and it stretches almost a million miles into space, far enough to reach the moon. 

Suppose you had a personal spaceship. Here's your mission: Tonight, at midnight, blast off and fly down the middle of Earth's shadow. Keep going until you're about 200,000 miles above Earth, almost to the moon. Now turn around and look down. The view from your cockpit window is Earth's nightside, the dark half of our planet opposite the sun. But it's not completely dark! All around Earth's limb, the atmosphere glows red. 

What you're seeing is every sunrise and sunset on Earth--all at once. This ring of light shines into Earth's shadow, breaking the utter darkness you might expect to find there. Turn off the cockpit lights. There's a lovely red glow.

That same red light plays across the moon when it's inside Earth's shadow. The exact color depends on what's floating around in Earth's atmosphere. Following a volcanic eruption, for instance, dust and ash can turn global sunsets vivid red. The moon would glow vivid red, too. Lots of clouds, on the other hand, extinguish sunsets, leading to darker, dimmer eclipses. Courtesy of NASA by Dr. Tony Phillips