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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Full Lunar Eclipse 15 June 2011

The eclipse begins at about 17:24 Universal Time (UT), will be darkest from around 19:22 UT to 21:02 UT, and ends a bit after 23:00 UT. During this eclipse, the moon’s orbital path will take it close to the center of the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra, so the deepest part of the darken will last a long time — just over an hour and 40 minutes.
The event is called a “central” eclipse, a rather rare lunar eclipse where the moon passes clear over the center of the Earth’s shade. They’re so extraordinary that the last one was in 2000, and the next one will be in 2018. What this really means but is we get a full lunar eclipse that lasts for a long while, in this case, well over 100 minutes in duration – just under 1 hour and 40 minutes for those who’ll see the entirety of it.

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