The second total eclipse of the Moon of the year occurs this week – but few populated parts of the planet will be able to view the entire show.
The whole of both countries, plus most of Canada and Asia, will see much of the main event. New Zealand is excellently placed to witness the entire eclipse with the Moon at a decent altitude in the sky. Sadly for those of us on the other side of the world, no part of the eclipse will be visible from Europe.
The attached illustration, courtesy of Sky & Telescope magazine, shows circumstances for different parts of the globe. More detailed timings can be found at the S&T website or at the site of Nasa’s “Mr Eclipse”, Fred Espenak.
A Nasa team will be taking a special interest in the eclipse. They will watching for meteor impacts caused by comet debris falling from the direction of the Sun.
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