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04/15/2014 – Ephemeris – One eclipse down, what’s next?

April 15, 2014

Ephemeris for Tuesday, April 15th, Tax Deadline Day.  The sun rises at 6:58.  It’ll be up for 13 hours and 29 minutes, setting at 8:27.   The moon, at full today, will rise at 9:08 this evening.

Since I’m recording this before this morning’s eclipse, I don’t know if it was visible from the northern Lower Peninsula.  However we do have a shot at another total lunar eclipse this year.  That one is on October 8th.  Though it’s in the morning, it’s closer to dawn.  One which one can catch by going to bed early and getting up early to enjoy.  The weather prospects are somewhat better in October than they are in April.  That eclipse we’ll miss a bit of the ending partial phase as the moon sets during that time.  As a bonus, 15 days later we will see half of a partial solar eclipse, because the sun will set around mid eclipse.   That eclipse will not be total anywhere as the core of the moon’s shadow misses to the north of the Earth.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.


There’s another eclipse I didn’t mention due to time.  It follows this one by 14 days, on April 29th.  It is an odd partial eclipse visible from the Indian Ocean, Australia and a bit of Antarctica.  It is an annular eclipse, where the moon is too far away to completely cover the bright ball of the sun.  The annular shadow touches the earth in Antarctica, but not the central part, which just misses the earth.  It’s truly an odd eclipse.  Next year will provide us with two more lunar eclipses.  The first one we’ll see a part of before the moon sets, and the second will be an evening eclipse well placed for viewing.  None of next years solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

Check out this and next year’s eclipses on the NASA Eclipse website.


  1. AMIK
    April 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Did anyone see the moon last night in Traverse City, MI? I was looking out over East Bay
    and I believe it was between 8:45pm – 9:30pm and the moon was full, and blood red.

    • April 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      What you saw was a normal moon rise. Just as the sun turns red at sunset and sometimes at sunrise, the moon can appear red or orange when it’s near full and rises in the dark. The reason is the same in both cases. Our atmosphere tends to scatter the blue light from the white light of the Sun and Moon. The scattered blue light is why we see a clear blue sky during the day. When the Sun or Moon is low on the horizon they are seen through a thicker atmosphere than they would if seen higher in the sky. The blue is scattered out leaving a reddish hue.

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