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10/06/2014 – Ephemeris – Previewing Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

October 6, 2014

Ephemeris for Monday, October 6th.  The sun will rise at 7:46.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 7:13.   The moon, 2 days before full, will set at 6:42 tomorrow morning.

Wednesday’s Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible without losing too much sleep.  Just set the alarm clock for about 5 a.m.  The partial phase starts at 5:15 a.m. when the upper left edge of the moon enters the Earth’s inner shadow called the umbra.  The total phase or totality starts at 6:25 with morning twilight just beginning.  The middle of the eclipse will occur at 6:54.  Totality will end at 7:24 when twilight will be bright.  The ending partial phase will not be completely visible from northern Michigan.  From the Dakotas and westward the entire ending partial phase will be visible.  Amazingly, in the next eclipse season another lunar eclipse will be visible, though not as favorable as this one.  That one is April 4th 2015 with a totality duration of only 5 minutes.

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

AddendumLunar EclipseClick on the image above to display or download a more detailed Adobe Acrobat (PDF) image showing more information about the eclipse.  The time shown will be Universal Time (UT).  Subtract 4 hours for EDT, 5 hours for CDT,  etc.

In the Grand Traverse area there are two locations the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) will be set up to view the eclipse if it is clear enough.  Opens at 5 a.m.

  • Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph H. Rogers Observatory.  located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road, between Garfield and Keystone roads.  (One road south of Hammond)
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at Platte River Point.  It’s in several miles from the Platte River Campground off M22 on Lake Michigan Rd.  Park in the big parking lot to the left.  The GTAS will have their scopes in the small parking lot to the right.
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