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Wednesday's eclipse begins when the Moon's eastern limb begins to enter the penumbra of the Earth's shadow at 18:25 BST. While within the penumbra, some direct sunlight falls on the Moon but little darkening of the disc will be noticed until a few minutes before the Moon begins to enter the umbra at 19:23. Totality, with the Moon entirely within the umbra, lasts from 20:22 until 22:03 with mid eclipse at 21:13. The Moon's W limb has withdrawn from the umbra by 23:02 and finally exits the penumbra at 00:01.
For Britain, other than the far NW, the Moon rises in the SE during the latter half of totality. Observers in SE England may just glimpse the end of totality, but most of us may see nothing until it begins to emerge from the umbra. From London and Manchester, for example, the Moon stands less than 5 and 3 high respectively at 22:03 BST, with the Sun only a little way below the NW horizon and the sky brightly twilit. The Moon should be more obvious another 5 higher in a darker sky by 23:02.

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Total lunar eclipse in UAE this Wednesday

The Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and West Asia will witness total lunar eclipse this Wednesday - June 15.
The lunar eclipse will start in the UAE at 9.24pm while the total eclipse will be visible from 11.22pm until 1.02am the next day, reported 'Khaleej Times'.

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NASA Releases New Lunar Eclipse Video


The video was produced by Chris Smith at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team will release another video next week focusing on the role of LRO during the eclipse. LRO has been providing the most detailed imagery of the moon since it launched in 2009.
On June 15 2011, viewers outside of North America will be able to see the lunar eclipse. From beginning to end, the eclipse will last from 17:24 UTC (1:24 p.m. EDT) to 23:00 UTC (7:00 p.m. EDT). Totality, the time when Earth's shadow completely covers the moon, will last about an hour and 41 minutes.

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View Lunar Eclipse at the Taalmonument

The only total lunar eclipse visible from South Africa during 2011 will take place on Wednesday, 15 June 2011. The most spectacular part of the eclipse will happen from 20:25 when one side of the moon will start to darken as it moves into the earth's shadow. The moon will be in total eclipse from 21:25 until just after 23:00, when the process is reversed and the moon will be "full" again by midnight.
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Darkest lunar eclipse on June 15

On the night of June 15 more than half the world will have opportunity to watch one of the darkest Lunar eclipse. People living in eastern Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia will have opportunity to witness the entire eclipse, from beginning to end. At mid-eclipse, the moon will be over head at Mauritius.
Observers in eastern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina will witness totality. However, none of the eclipse will be visible from North America.

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The total eclipse of the Moon on the 15th June will be visible from the UK, but the event will already be half-way through when the Moon rises between 21:15 (South England) and 22:00 (Scotland) BST.
The dark red "umbral" shadow starts at about 19:22 BST.
The deepest art of the eclipse will start at 20:22 and ends at 22:02 BST.
The eclipse starts at 18:24 BST, and finishes at around midnight.



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The blood red Moon - total lunar eclipse
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16 June, 2011
Totality starts 5:22 am AEST, Sunrise 6:58am, Moonset 7:04am

Do you prefer the darkness of the night? Enjoy the sight of a blood red moon? Pasty complexion? This is the perfect super late night event for lovers of the night. A total lunar eclipse. See the full Moon fade from sight as the Earth's shadow sweeps across it. Totality from 5:22am will see the Moon turn deep ruddy, bloody red until twilight sends us scurrying off to sleep.
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Total Lunar Eclipse - June 15 2011



The first lunar eclipse of 2011 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in southern Ophiuchus about 7 west of the Lagoon Nebula (M8). The Moon passes deeply through Earth's umbral shadow during this rather long event. The total phase itself lasts 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000. The Moon's contact times with Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows are listed below.

Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 17:24:34 UT
Partial Eclipse Begins: 18:22:56 UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 19:22:30 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 20:12:37 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 21:02:42 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends: 22:02:15 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 23:00:45 UT

At the instant of greatest eclipse the umbral eclipse magnitude will reach 1.6998 as the Moon's centre passes within 5.3 arc-minutes of the shadow axis. The Moon's southern limb will lay 54.2 arc-minutes from the edge of the umbra while the northern limb will lay 22.3 arc-minutes from the umbra's edge. Thus, the northern regions of the Moon will probably appear brighter than the southern regions that lie deeper in the shadow. Since the Moon samples a large range of umbral depths during totality, its appearance will change dramatically with time. It is difficult to predict the exact brightness distribution in the umbra so observers are encouraged to estimate the Danjon value at different times during totality.
The June 15 total lunar eclipse is the 34th member of Saros 130, a series of 71 eclipses occurring in the following order: 8 penumbral, 20 partial, 14 total, 22 partial, and 7 penumbral lunar eclipses (Espenak and Meeus, 2009a) spanning 1262 years.



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