Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Lunar Eclipse Outside of this Continent

Tomorrow night, you will notice a full moon shining brightly in the night sky. What you won't see, however, is the total lunar eclipse that most of planet earth will get to view.

A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon. This results from the moon's orbit around the earth in which the moon becomes fully engulfed in the Earth's shadow.

Not On our Continent

Unfortunately, residents in North America will not be able to view this total lunar eclipse, which starts at 12:24pm our time on Wednesday and lasts until 6pm.

This lunar eclipse will be the longest total lunar eclipse in eleven years and is expected to last around eleven minutes.

Part of the eclipse will be visible in South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, while the entirety of the event can be seen in Africa and the Middle East.