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Information about the total lunar eclipse
on Saturday, 10th December 2011
(only partially visible in Europe and America)


Easily explained
During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the shadow of the earth. Which means, that the earth is positioned quite exactly between the sun and moon and casts its shadow onto the moon. This is only possible at full moon and if some other requirements are met. Depending on whether the moon passes the partial or the core shadow of the earth, we speak of a partial or total lunar eclipse.



The copper-coloured moon
When the moon touches the core shadow of the earth, the first parts of the moon surface begin to darken. If you would actually stand on the moon, you would experience a total solar eclipse! As soon as the moon immerses completely in the core shadow, the surface of the moon begins to glow copper red. Towards the centre of the core shadow, the light fades and turns dark red to brownish grey.

About the visibility
This lunar eclipse can only be partially seen in Europe, because the moon rises either just shortly before or during the eclipse (totality) in many countries and cities and the sky is still very bright from the residual light of the sun set. The process should be better visible towards the East, best of course in Asia and Australia. In America the lunar eclipse will also be partially visible, best on the West Coast.

• Asia and Australia: visible
• Near and Middle East: visible
• Europa: partially visible
• Africa: not visible
• America: partially visible



The moment (for Central Europe)

The exact moment of the total lunar eclipse is:
Saturday, 10th December 2011, 03:31:49 pm

The totality of the eclipse takes place at:

03:06:16 pm until 03:57:24 pm

Times of moonrise and sunset:
• Berlin: moonrise 03:49 pm, sunset 03:53 pm
• Vienna: moonrise 03:58 pm, sunset 04:02 pm
• Bern: moonrise 04:42 pm, sunset 04:44 pm

Full moon on Saturday 10th December 2011, 03:36:24 pm takes place during this time. Please read here, why this is always the case.

Again the exact process with times:
• Partial eclipse begins 01:45:42 pm
• Total eclipse begins 03:06:16 pm
• Greatest eclipse 03:31:49 pm
• Total eclipse ends 03:57:24 pm
• Partial eclipse ends 05:17:58 pm

All data in Central European Time (CET).




Information about the total lunar eclipse
on Wednesday, 15th June 2011


About the visibility
This lunar eclipse can only be partially seen in Europe and Africa, because the moon rises either just shortly before or during the eclipse (totality) in many countries and cities and the sky is still very bright from the residual light of the sun set. The process should be better visible from the east of Europe. In Asia and Australia, the moon will already have set while the lunar eclipse will take place. The eclipse won't be visible at all in America because it will be already over by the time the moon rises.

• Asia and Australia: partially visible
• Near and Middle East: visible
• Europa and Africa: partially visible
• America: not visible



The moment (for Central Europe)

The exact moment of the total lunar eclipse is:
Wednesday, 15th June 2011, 10:12:37 pm

The totality of the eclipse takes place at:

09:22:30 pm until 11:02:42 pm

Times of moonrise:
• Vienna: 08:49 pm
• Bern: 09:20 pm
• Berlin: 09:24 pm

Full moon on Wednesday 15th June 2011, 10:13:36 pm takes place during this time. Please read here, why this is always the case.

Again the exact process with times:
• Partial eclipse begins 08:22:56 pm
• Total eclipse begins 09:22:30 pm
• Greatest eclipse 10:12:37 pm
• Total eclipse ends 11:02:42 pm
• Partial eclipse ends 00:02:15 am (Thursday, 16th June 2011)

All data in Central European Summer Time (CEST).



Links
You may find further interesting information about this subject at:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/lunar.html

www.calsky.com


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