HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Celestial Event On Tuesday
Stargazers! Another celestial event is just days away! During the early morning hours of April 15th comes the first of two lunar eclipses this year to pass through our skies. While lunar eclipses may not be as impressive as a solar eclipse, they’re still pretty cool. Here’s the breakdown:
The celestial shadow starts just after 12:58 am on Tuesday. The moon will begin to pass through the penumbra, the part of Earth’s shadow where the sun is only partially blocked out.
At 2:07am the total eclipse will begin as the moon will be completely shadowed by Earth, and will continue so for close to an hour and a half (3:25am) before leaving the umbra stage. The moon will then leave the partial eclipse or penumbra stage at 4:33am.
Now, if you’re able to get a chance to view this event, no problem. The next total lunar eclipse takes place on the morning of October 8th. Full totality takes place a bit later beginning at 5:24am and last for a full hour.
But folks, we’re not done yet! After a couple of weeks, October 23rd will lead to a partial Solar Eclipse. Thats right, Solar! Thats when the moon will be between the Sun and the earth creating a partial shadow across the area. This eclipse begins at 4:45pm, with the shadow moving from right to left. It reaches its peak an hour later with 45% of the sun covered before ending an hour later. Here’s what the peak coverage will look like:
So, a trifecta in celestial bodies during this year! WOW!!