TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON SEPTEMBER 28th 2015 - EARLY MORNING IN UK

Stages of the Eclipse as seen from Scarborough.
Generated using COELIX software. Please click on the diagram to enlarge

TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HARVEST MOON - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS

Eclipses of the Moon occur at FULL MOON when exactly alligned, the Moon enters the SHADOW of the Earth

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

 

ALL TIMES ARE UT (  Please remember to ADD ONE hour for local British Summer Time ( Local time on the clock )

Please note:

PENUMBRA IS THE PARTIAL SHADOW OF THE EARTH

UMBRA IS THE EARTH''S FULL  SHADOW

 

 

MOON enters the PENUMBRA of the Earth's shadow (P1):                      00h11 UT 

MOON begins to enter the UMBRA of the Earth's shadow (U1):              01h 08 UT (=02h 08 BST)

MOON is completely in the UMBRA the full shadow (U2):                        02h 11 UT (=03h 11 BST)

(Totality begins)

 

MAXIMUM TIME OF TOTALITY:                                                                    02h 48 UT (=03h 48 BST)

 

MOON begins to leave the UMBRA of the Earth's shadow (U3):              03h 25 UT (=04h 25 BST)

(Totality ends)

MOON leaves the UMBRA of the Earth's shadow (U4):                             04h 28 UT (=05h 28 BST)

MOON leaves the PENUMBRA of the Earth's shadow (P2)                      05h 25 UT

( Eclipse ends)

 

This eclipse can be seen in its entirety from the Western parts of Europe and West Africa, The whole of South America, and the Eastern USA and Canada.

 

This LUNAR ECLIPSE takes place during the early hours of the morning, and is visible in its entirety from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The eclipse is also visible from: Western Europe, Iceland and Greenland, West Africa, South America, the Eastern USA and Eastern Canada. In the Americas, due to this part of the world being several hours behind UT., the eclipse is an evening one, starting on Sunday Night , the 27th. Please remember to deduct the appropriate number of hours for your particular time zone.and remember to take into account the Daylight Saving hour!

So, for example, in NEW YORK STATE, USA, on Eastern Daylight Saving Time: you would deduct 5-1 = 4 hours from UT (Universal Time), and so on across the various time zones.

People observing from the E.U., on Central European Time should ADD  2 hour to the UT times given.

 

 

The Total Lunar eclipse of September 28th takes place during the early hours of the morning in the Constellation of Pisces. The maximum phase of totality is at 02h 47 UT ( 3.27am local time). Using binoculars try to locate the intensely red star 19 Piscium , which lies a few degrees to the right of the eclipsed moon. Click on the illustration, generated by Starry Night software, to enlarge it.

SEPTEMBER 28th, 2015

LUNAR ECLIPSE 28/ix/15
Middle of Totality
03h 48m BST

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OF SEPTEMBER 28th, 2015

 

We have waited a long time to see a total eclipse of the Moon in its entirety from the UK; the last one being on February 21st 2008, which was hampered by clouds.

 Although we did not see the full eclipse because the moon set before it left the umbra of the earths shadow, the Winter Solstice lunar eclipse of December 21st 2010, was a beautiful sight as people set off for work that morning. It was seen across snowfields in the north east of  England as dawn began, and the dark red disc of the eclipsed moon was enhanced by the hoar frost on bare trees. A truly beautiful and memorable sight. I enjoyed doing a 'running commentry' on a television recording of the eclipse, which was shown later that day on the BBC 's LOOK NORTH, and the equivalent programs shown in the North East Newcastle area, and the North West, The Lakes and Carlisle

This year's eclipse begins in the early hours of Monday morning, September 28th at 01h 11 ( local British Summer Time) when the Moon begins to enter the penumbra of the Earth's shadow. The penumbral phase of the eclipse is not at all noticeable until just before 2 am the full shadow of the earth is about to fall on the moon at 02h 08.

After this time the full shadow (UMBRA) of the earth begins to creep across the lunar surface from lunar WEST to EAST (left to right) until the moon is completely immersed in the umbra at 03h 11. the middle of totality occurs at 03h 48. At this time the moon may shine with a dim reddish brown light, due to refracted sunlight in the earth's atmosphere. and will look quite strange. the southern lunar limb should be slightly brighter than the rest of the eclipsed moon because this is not a central eclipse but the moon passes through the shadow close to the southern edge of the umbra.

At  04h 28, two hours after entering the main shadow, the moon  starts to leave it and at 05h28 the moon leaves the umbra , and to all intent and purposes the eclipse comes to an end..  

Near Mid-Totality 02h47 UT (3.47am British Summer Time)

FUTURE LUNAR ECLIPSES VISIBLE FROM SCARBOROUGH AND THE UK

Friday SEP 16  2016 PENUMBRAL,

Saturday FEB 11 2017 PENUMBRAL,

Monday AUG 7 2017 PENUMBRAL,

Friday JUL 27 2018 TOTAL,

Monday JAN 21 2019 TOTAL