A total lunar eclipse on June 15th, 2011 occurs at 24-23 degrees Sagittarius, a Mutable sign, with the Sun in Gemini, another Mutable sign (remember, the Sun and Moon are always opposed at a lunar eclipse, since it’s a Full Moon). This magnificent spectacle will be the first lunar eclipse of 2011, a powerful total eclipse that occurs at the Moon’s ascending node in the southern part of the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, about 7 degrees west of the Lagoon Nebula (M8), a cluster of stars on the Bow of the Archer. It’s a lengthy eclipse, with the total phase itself lasting 100 minutes. The last eclipse to beat it was way back in July 2000!
Here’s how it runs:
- Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 17:24:34 UT
- Partial Eclipse Begins: 18:22:56 UT
- Total Eclipse Begins: 19:22:30 UT
- Greatest Eclipse: 20:12:37 UT
- Total Eclipse Ends: 21:02:42 UT
- Partial Eclipse Ends: 22:02:15 UT
- Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 23:00:45 UT
The entire cosmic event will be visible from the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia. Observers throughout Europe will miss the early stages of the eclipse, because they occur before moonrise. Fortunately, totality will be seen throughout the continent except for northern Scotland and northern Scandinavia. Eastern Asia, eastern Australia, and New Zealand will miss the last stages of eclipse because they occur after moonset, but the total phase will be seen from most of these regions. Observers in eastern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina will witness totality, but none of the eclipse will be visible from North America. At mid-eclipse, the Moon is near the zenith for observers from Reunion and Mauritius, off the eastern coast of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean.