The first total eclipse of the moon to be visible from the UK since 2008 is going to happen in the early hours of Monday September 28th. This will surely test the dedication of those (me!) starting work a few hours after the eclipse ends!
Lunar eclipses take place when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. This doesn't happen immediately; the moon takes a couple of hours to pass fully into shadow.
Visibility of the eclipse
It should be obvious from the video above that almost a full hemisphere of the planet will miss out on the eclipse. Here is the view from the centre of the Earth facing side of the moon.
Anyone living on this side of the Earth will see the eclipse in its entirety.
Since the eclipse lasts for several hours some of the places along the extreme right edge of the Earth will see the moon set during the eclipse (e.g. eastern Europe. parts of east Africa). Regions on the extreme left of the Earth will see the moon rise during the eclipse (e.g. far NW of the USA).
In the UK: Where to look?
- Moon enters the penumbra: 01:10am
- Moon enters the umbra: 02:07am
- Total eclipse: 03:10am until 04:23am (mid eclipse at 03:48am).
- Moon leaves the umbra: 05:28am
- Moon leaves the penumbra: 06:23am