Thursday, June 16, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse June 2011 not visible in US

From start to finish, people under the United States skies will not be able to watch how the earth’s shadow blocks the moon on Wednesday.

People from Canada are also not permitted by the weather to watch the central total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East and Western Australia.

“This month's full moon will start moving into the central Dark part of the Earth's shadow, known as the Umbra, which is relatively rare,” states in

For people from the U.S., they can only be able to witness a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014.  The most recent last total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. happened last December 21, 2010.

According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the upcoming total eclipse on December 10 this year will be best seen in Asia and Australia. It will be visible to only some parts of the US such as Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

The entire eclipse on Wednesday will last a little over 5 1/2 hours. Lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eyes.

People from Europe will miss the first part of the eclipse since it will occur before the moon rises. People in the Eastern Asia and Eastern Australia will not be able to see the final stages which will happen after the moon sets. The moon will be visible to parts of South America but the moon will be entirely shrouded.

The total eclipse phase will be longer than usual because the moon will pass close to the center of the Earth's shadow, informed NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Reports say that the last lunar eclipse closer to the center of Earth's shadow occurred on July 16, 2000 and it lasted for 107 minutes. On July 27, 2018-six years from now, the next central total lunar eclipse will happen.

Because the eclipse will not be seen from the U.S., Keith Gleason, who runs the Sommers-Bausch Observatory in Boulder, Colo., is disappointed. In December 21, 2010, 1,400 people showed up at his observatory to witness the spectacle that coincided with winter solstice.

People from the U.S. will then wait for 2014 to see the celestial treat.

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