The first and shortest tenure total lunar eclipse will occur today, Saturday April 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM IST, (6:16 AM EDT/3:13 AM PDT) and it lasts for just 4 minutes and 43 seconds making it the shortest in the century. In India it is visible only in eastern India, especially in Arunachal Pradesh.
While the eclipse on Saturday morning will be visible in most of the North America, the third in lunar tetrad is part of the four lunar eclipses (The first and second occurred on April 15, 2014 and October 8, 2014, respectively). The fourth will occur on September 28, 2015. In India, China and Russia, the ending stages of the partial umbral eclipse can be viewed in the east after sunset.
The moon looks reddish because sunlight has passed through Earth’s atmosphere, which filters out most of its blue light and the eerie, though harmless, has earned the nickname “blood moon”, said NASA in its explanation.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and Sun and the Moon passes into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. However, the Moon doesn’t get completely overshadowed as the Sun’s light is refracted and scattered forward through Earth’s atmosphere and onto the Moon’s surface.
Watch Online / Live streaming Information:
To watch online, visit Slooh website as usual which always shows eternal events online. Click the link here- Slooh . The website will begin coverage on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 a.m. PDT and even NASA this time will be hosting live coverage broadcasting it from Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles from 6:00 a.m. EDT/ 3:00 a.m PDT.
Mitzi Adams, an astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will hold a press conference today, Friday from the media and the teleconference number is 888-324-0280, with the passcode 34973.
Adams will also answer questions via Twitter on the @NASA_Marshall account beginning at 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 4. For Twitter questions, use the hashtag #eclipse2015.
If you are in the Eastern hemisphere or in Asia or in India, watch it in sky on Saturday evening after sunset. If you are in North America, the best time will be early morning on Saturday. The total eclipse will last for less than 5 minutes.
Timings: 6:15:45 AM EDT / 3:15:45 AM PDT/ 14:30 IST and reaches peak at 7:57:54 AM EDT / 4:57:54 AM PDT /17:27 IST. It gets over at 8:02:37 EDT / 5:02:37 PDT/20:29 IST.
Here is a timeanddate.com illustration about the visibility around the globe.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in India||Visible in India|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||4 Apr, 09:01||4 Apr, 14:31||No, below horizon|
|Partial Eclipse begins||4 Apr, 10:15||4 Apr, 15:45||No, below horizon|
|Full Eclipse begins||4 Apr, 11:57||4 Apr, 17:27||No, below horizon|
|Maximum Eclipse||4 Apr, 12:00||4 Apr, 17:30||No, below horizon|
|Full Eclipse ends||4 Apr, 12:02||4 Apr, 17:32||No, below horizon|
|Partial Eclipse ends||4 Apr, 13:44||4 Apr, 19:14||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||4 Apr, 14:59||4 Apr, 20:29||Yes|
* The Moon is below the horizon in India, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.