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09/21/2015 – Ephemeris – Next Sunday’s total lunar eclipse

September 21, 2015

Ephemeris for Monday, September 21st.  The Sun will rise at 7:28.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 7:42.   The Moon, at first quarter today, will set at 1:02 tomorrow morning.

It’s six days to the total lunar eclipse next Sunday night.  The eclipse starts just after 9 p.m. and ends shortly before 12:30 a.m.  Of the remarkable four eclipse string at every possible lunar eclipse opportunity, this last one is the best for us, in that it occurs in the evening.  The others were in the morning our time or occurred around the time of moon set around here.  So if clear skies prevail we will have a wonderful and beautiful total lunar eclipse.  Lunar eclipses occur at full moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up close enough for the Moon to enter the Earth’s shadow.  Generally this only occurs about 1 out of 6 full moons.  Eclipses of the Sun and Moon normally appear in pairs.  The solar eclipse already occurred 8 days ago.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Eclipse Chart

NASA eclipse chart portion. In the eastern US the Date will be September 27. Subtract 4 hours from UT to get EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) Credit: NASA/ Fred Espanek.

Here’s the link to the full chart.

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