Another Lunar Eclipse is Coming

April 2, 2015: Set your alarm for an early start Saturday- the 3rd in a series of total lunar eclipses visible from North America is on its way. You’ll want to get out and look for it quickly, however, as the eclipse doesn’t last long this time around.

Saturday is the 3rd of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, roughly 6 months apart from each other.

Saturday is the 3rd of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, roughly 6 months apart from each other.

The eclipse will start at 5:15 am local time, but the Moon will not be fully into Earth’s shadow until 6:58 am.  This is when the nickname “blood moon” goes into effect, as the Moon takes on a reddish hue from the Earth’s shadow.

There may be two problems with viewing Saturday’s lunar eclipse in the Stateline:

1) The total eclipse will only last 4 minutes and 45 seconds.  If you are hoping the catch the moon fully engulfed in the red hue, you best be in place and ready!

2) The eclipse will take place after sunrise in the Stateline. Sunrise will occur at 6:34 am on Saturday, which might make viewing difficult.  Look for the Moon to be low on the western horizon.

If you miss or can’t see Saturday’s eclipse well, there is another chance coming later this year. The next one arrives on September 28, which will be the last in a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, or “tetrad”.  The first two were last year on April 15 and October 8.

Happy viewing!

– Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on April 2, 2015

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