PostHeaderIcon Rare Lunar Eclipse – June 15, 2011

There is an eclipse on Wednesday June 15, being touted as a rare central lunar eclipse. It is – but it is also very similar to the eclipse we had in December. The “rare” part is that it has a whopping 1 hour and 40 minutes of totality (that’s when the whole face of the moon is darkened by the Earth’s shadow). The eclipse we saw in December had 1 hour and 12 minutes of totality.

Unfortunately, the eclipse is not visible here at all – it peaks at 2:15 in the afternoon, and on Wednesday the Moon will not be visible from Seattle at that time. There is an observatory in Israel that will hook up a live feed to the internet if you want to watch on the web.

Lunar Eclipse 12/21/2010 in Seattle ©2010 Jason Gift Enevoldsen

Most lunar eclipses I’ve seen have had much shorter periods of totality – though it looks like more than an hour is not uncommon. Between the year 2000 and the year 2020, periods of totality last as little as 5 minutes and up to an hour and a half. Usually they seem to be about an hour.

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