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 Eclipse of the Moon

The Total Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 begins at 4:14 a.m. EDT as the full Moon hangs in the western sky and the eclipse becomes readily visible at around 4:45 a.m EDT. The Moon reaches totality at 6:24 a.m. EDT. For viewers on the east coast the Moon will set in the west as it is in totality and dawn begins to break in the eastern sky. See below on how to find the planet Uranus during the eclipse. Read more at Sky & Telescope

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


Uranus and Moon

See chart below to find Uranus. With binoculars or telescope Uranus will have a blue-green tint. Look one degree (See finding degrees) from above and left of Moon for the two 4.5 magnitude stars, Epsilon (ε) and Delta (δ), they form a triangle with fainter Uranus at 5.7 magnitude. The width of a full Moon, as viewed from the Earth's surface, is about 0.5 degree. Image below is not inverted.


Total eclipse of the Moon
Delta T: 67.0s

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Eastern Daylight Time

Azimuth Altitude
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Moonrise 2014 Oct 07 18:14 85.0 ----
Moon enters penumbra 2014 Oct 08 04:14.1 247.6 31.9
Moon enters umbra 2014 Oct 08 05:14.5 258.8 21.3
Moon enters totality 2014 Oct 08 06:24.6 270.2 8.5
Middle of eclipse 2014 Oct 08 06:54.6 274.9 3.2
Moonset 2014 Oct 08 07:15 278.2 ----

See:   Mr. Eclipse also PDF for Map

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