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The brightest total lunar eclipse will take place this coming April 4, 2015 as only a total of 5 minutes of totality will only occur as the Moon slides totally into the northernmost tip of Earth's umbral shadow. This will also be the shortest total lunar eclipse duration !!!

In contrast, the Moon's southern limb lies 9.4 arc-minutes from the shadow center. As a result, the northern half of the Moon will appear much brighter than the southern half because the Moon samples a large range of umbral depths during the brief total phase.

During totality, the Moon will be in the constellation of Virgo.  A number of bright stars (and planets) can be used for magnitude comparisons. Spica (m = +1.05) is the most conspicuous star lying 10 southeast of the eclipsed Moon. The brilliant blue color of Spica makes for a striking contrast with the crimson Moon. Arcturus (m = +0.15) is 33 to the north, Saturn (m = +0.3) is 51 to the east, Jupiter (m = -2.3) is 61 to the west, and Antares (m = +1.07) is 56 to the southeast.

Below are the complete time of circumstances of the April 4, 2015 total lunar eclipse in Philippine Standard Time (PST).  If you live outside the Philippines and the GMT +8 zone, you need to convert the times below to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by deducting the time below by 8 and use your country's time zone.

 

TIME OF CIRCUMSTANCES TIME (PST) ALTITUDE / AZIMUTH
Moon enters Penumbra (not visible)  5:01 pm ---------
Moonrise  6:01 pm 00 deg /  95 deg E
Moon enters Umbra  6:16 pm 03 deg /   96 deg E
Moon enters Totality  7:58 pm 26 deg / 104 deg E
Maximum Eclipse  8:00 pm 27 deg / 104 deg E
Moon exits Totality  8:03 pm 27 deg / 104 deg E
Moon exits Umbra  9:45 pm 50 deg / 118 deg E
Moon exits Penumbra 10:59 pm 64 deg / 140 deg SE

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