09/25/2015 – Ephemeris – There will be a great lunar eclipse Sunday night
Ephemeris for Friday, September 25th. The Sun will rise at 7:33. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 1 minute, setting at 7:35. The Moon, 2 days before full, will set at 5:34 tomorrow morning.
Lets check out Sunday’s total lunar eclipse. It will be visible from the entire contiguous 48 states, and in its entirety from Colorado, eastward. The partial phase will start at 9:07 p.m. Totality will begin at 10:11 p.m. and extend to 11:23 p.m. when the Moon should appear red in color, illuminated by the combined sunrises and sunsets occurring on the Earth at that moment. The eclipse will end at 12:27 a.m. The eclipse is perfectly viewable with the naked eye or binoculars. For those who want company and commentary as to what’s going on, the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will provide two locations from which to view the eclipse. The NMC Observatory, south of Traverse City and Platte River Point, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, both weather permitting.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The next lunar eclipse visible from our area will be January 31, 2018 which will achieve totality just before the moon sets. The next lunar eclipse will be January 20-21, 2019 which will start late in the evening. The problem being that January is a pretty cloudy month around here.
We’re closer to the next solar eclipse, which will be a total eclipse visible at midday, and the center line of the path of totality which will pass from Oregon to South Carolina, passing just south of St. Louis Missouri and north of Nashville Tennessee. For more on the 2017 eclipse check out this NASA eclipse page.