Brief total lunar eclipse before dawn in the US on April 4

As sky lovers gear up for a total lunar eclipse this weekend, the celestial event will also be viewable for a brief period in western North America on April 4th before dawn.

Updated: Mar 31, 2015, 14:13 PM IST
Brief total lunar eclipse before dawn in the US on April 4

Washington: As sky lovers gear up for a total lunar eclipse this weekend, the celestial event will also be viewable for a brief period in western North America on April 4th before dawn.

The astronomical event will be visible on Saturday evening in Australia and East Asia.

A total lunar eclipse will occur for a short 12 minutes. The eclipse would be visible as the full moon drops toward the western horizon. Sky watchers in the western United States and Canada will be able to see the total eclipse before the moon sets.

The Earth's shadow has been expected to barely eclipse the upper portion of the moon, which accounts for the short duration.

Also, the upper portion of the moon would remain relatively bright and might dampen the copper or blood colour that was common with total lunar eclipses.

In India, the entire celestial event will be visible in the Northeastern states of India on April 4 from 3:45:04 PM to 7:15:2 PM (IST), according to Dr Rajendraprakash Gupt, Superintendent of Ujjain Jiwaji Observatory.

It will reach its peak at 5:30:30 PM when the earth's shadow will block the moon completely.

(With Agency Inputs)