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Thursday, April 2, 2015
April 4, 2015 — Total Lunar Eclipse
CLEARLY SEEN HIGHLIGHTS for Week of April 1 - 9, 2015
The hibernation is over! Veils are lifting. That feeling of being stuck over and over, in these last three months is now releasing itself. Finally, we say! You know that feeling of one step forward, two steps back? That’s been the name of the energetic game since January. All that has now shifted and restrictions that you have been feeling or perhaps been catapulted into, are clearing out – rapidly. Old habits. Patterns that have kept you tied up. Self-deceit around personal value and power. What looks like blockages or walls that you may have kept running into, or situations that seem to run slower than you would like it, are all moving out of the way now. The Earth is being rapidly bombarded with a massive sweep of energy that started after February’s Mercury Retrograde resumed normalcy. As we approach the 2nd of three eclipses happening on April 4, not to mention Full Moon, there will be a strong shift into sense of balance, and what feels like an energetic correction. Obstacles will be clearing, communications will be correcting themselves, but ultimately there will be big push towards proper alignment between your thoughts, words, and actions. The strong characteristic of eclipses is that they reveal deep inner truths, which can be a positive in terms of leading to greater understanding of people and situations. This week is important in that the energy sweep that is now underway, will allow for deep healing on cellular levels, clearing of ancestral wounding if you will. Apprehensions and anxiety become more clear, expanding your spiritual horizons is in order, and the vagueness and uncertainty that has been prevalent for so long dissipates. As a caution moving through and past the 4th, it is vital in making these course corrections to achieve that balance that you desire. These are simple things: think before you speak, choose the words wisely – diplomacy is crucial, a give and take in order to achieve the middle ground. Act not of spontaneous emotion but again, out of balance of head and heart. Avoid the desire and lure of the drama, rather be kind, compassionate and see what lies behind another’s words and intentions. This is the energy of this first third of the April should prove to be quite positive on many fronts – new beginnings for a great many of you whether around projects, new ventures, or finally feeling like the fogginess is lifting. The time is now to move forward into empowerment, grab the reins and run with it.
This Total Lunar Eclipse or "Blood Moon", is on April 4, 2015 and will be visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 5 minutes. From beginning to end, it will last for 3 hours and 29 mins. This is the third eclipse in the 2014–2015 tetrad.
Lunar eclipses look approximately the same all over the world and happen at the same time.
The times displayed might be a minute or two off actual times.
Time in Minneapolis*
Visible in Minneapolis
Penumbral Eclipse begins
Apr 4 at 9:01 AM
Apr 4 at 4:01 AM
Partial Eclipse begins
Apr 4 at 10:15 AM
Apr 4 at 5:15 AM
Full Eclipse begins
Apr 4 at 11:57 AM
Apr 4 at 6:57 AM
No, below horizon
Apr 4 at 12:00 Noon
Apr 4 at 7:00 AM
No, below horizon
Full Eclipse ends
Apr 4 at 12:02 PM
Apr 4 at 7:02 AM
No, below horizon
Partial Eclipse ends
Apr 4 at 1:44 PM
Apr 4 at 8:44 AM
No, below horizon
Penumbral Eclipse ends
Apr 4 at 2:59 PM
Apr 4 at 9:59 AM
No, below horizon
* The Moon is below the horizon in Minneapolis some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible. http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-april-4
Lunar Eclipse Viewing Conditions: Saturday's Blood Moon Will Be Briefest of Century
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 2, 2015; 9:55 AM ET
For the third time in a two-year timespan, a "blood moon" will cast an eerie glow above Earth this weekend.
The total lunar eclipse, which is set for the early morning hours of Saturday, April 4, is the third in a "lunar tetrad," or four successive lunar eclipses with no partial lunar eclipses in between, according to Eric Edelman, the host of Slooh's live broadcast of the event beginning Saturday at 6 a.m. EDT.
Slooh frequently airs live astronomy events by using community observatories from all around the world. For those unable view the total eclipse, you can watch the eclipse unfold live below. After the event concludes, Slooh will show a replay of the event.
According to Edelman, this eclipse will be a "Pacific Ocean spectacle" and it will be best seen from Eastern Australia, Japan, Hawaii, Northeastern Russia and western Alaska.
"The farther west you are in the U.S., the more you will be able to see," Edelman said.
For observers in California, the conditions should be "pretty good," with the only issues being the potential for low clouds to develop along the central coast and in Southern California, AccuWeather.com Senior Meterologist Ken Clark said. Viewers in Arizona could potentially have some high clouds that that may dull the eclipse, he added.
In the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascade Mountain Range, there will also be some spotty raindrops to dodge and overall conditions will be touch-and-go to catch a good view, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Houk. East of the Cascades in Washington, generally partly cloudy skies will offer a better opportunity for viewing, he said.
The moon will first begin passing through the outermost portion of the Earth's shadow (what's known as the penumbral stage) at 5:01 a.m. EDT, and viewers will notice a subtle dimming. It is when the Moon gets to the dark, inner (umbral) shadow that stargazers will see a distinctive darkness spread across the moon around 6:15 a.m. EDT.
This total eclipse will be known for its brevity, as the blood moon portion will last a little less than five minutes, making this the shortest total eclipse this century, Edelman said. From 7:58 a.m. EDT to 8:02 a.m. EDT is when those who crave celestial sightings will want to look to the sky to view the red moon.
"Totality" is when the Moon is fully inside Earth's shadow. Some total eclipses last for more than an hour but the reason for the abbreviated totality period is a result of the fact that the moon is skimming the outskirts of Earth's shadow rather than passing centrally through it, according to NASA.
The reason those in the East won't be able to glimpse the full total eclipse is due to moonset.
"In New York City, the moon will be below the horizon at 6:36 a.m. although the partial eclipse from that location would actually end at 9:44 a.m. They only get to see the beginning of the eclipse," Edelman said.
Those in the Eastern U.S. will likely not have the best viewing conditions anyway due to clouds, but especially in New England, which will be facing stormy weather, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette said. Elsewhere, Paquette said conditions look average in the mid-Atlantic and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, with good viewing weather for Florida, the Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes.
On Oct. 8, one early riser arrived at work early enough to capture the lunar eclipse next to the Corning Tower in Albany, N.Y. (Photo/Matt Pollock)
The blood moon moniker is derived from the red color that is cast over the moon from light refracting in Earth's atmosphere.
"The red portion of sunlight is what makes it through our atmosphere to the other side, bent toward the eclipsed Moon, so that even though the Moon is within Earth's shadow, the red portion of the Sun's light can give the Moon this ghostly illumination," Edelman said, adding that how red an eclipsed Moon gets depends on the characteristics of the atmosphere on that day such as clouds, and temperature.
This is the second of nine lunar tetrads in the 21st century, with the third scheduled to begin in April 2032, Edelman said. The fourth and final lunar eclipse in this tetrad is set for Sept. 28, 2015.
Expect a bright total lunar eclipse April 4 as the Moon slides through the edge of Earth's shadow. This view shows an eclipsed Moon above Toronto on August 28, 2007.
The Full Moon slides completely into Earth’s shadow twice in 2015, bringing observers two total lunar eclipses. The first happens April 4 and the second on the night of September 27/28.
The April 4 event offers a fleeting glimpse of totality. The Moon traverses the northern edge of Earth’s dark umbral shadow and remains in it for just 4 minutes and 43 seconds. That makes it the 21st century’s shortest total lunar eclipse and the quickest since October 17, 1529, when totality lasted just 1 minute and 41 seconds. For observers, this means the Moon’s northern limb will appear abnormally bright at mideclipse because it lies so close to the edge of Earth’s shadow.
Celebrate the total lunar eclipse with SLOOH's Saturday morning "Breakfast on the Moon" show, featuring live views from Australia, Hong Kong, and the U.S.
The eclipsed Moon of April 4 stands among the background stars of Virgo, just 10° from 1st-magnitude Spica.
Astronomy: Roen Kelly
Across North America, the event occurs on Saturday morning shortly before the Moon sets. The timing favors observers farther to the west. People east of the Mississippi River will see only the initial partial phases during twilight. Viewers in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains will be able to witness totality, while those on the West Coast will see the totally eclipsed Moon higher in a dark sky. The Moon resides in the constellation Virgo the Maiden during totality, 10° northwest of 1st-magnitude Spica.
The eclipse begins at 6:16 a.m. EDT (3:16 a.m. PDT) when Luna first touches the edge of Earth’s umbra. The leisurely partial phase doesn’t end until the brief moments of totality begin at 4:58 a.m. PDT. If you live where totality occurs in twilight, expect the Moon’s southern half to practically disappear from view while the bright northern limb remains obvious.
The Moon starts to exit Earth’s shadow almost immediately. As sunshine begins to flood the northern limb, it shines with a silvery light that contrasts beautifully with the orange-red glow from the rest of the still-shadowed Moon. The best views of this color difference will come through binoculars or a telescope.
Although the eclipse timing isn’t ideal for most North Americans, viewers across the Pacific Ocean and in Australia, New Zealand, and eastern Asia can see it all. And observers in the Americas only have to wait until September for front-row eclipse seats.