You don’t have to go up to the mountains to view this eclipse! A total lunar eclipse is taking place TODAY June 15, 2011. It is the first of two such eclipses in 2011, the second occurring on December 10, 2011.
This is a relatively rare central lunar eclipse where the center point of Earth’s shadow passes across the Moon.
The last time a lunar eclipse was closer to the center of the earth’s shadow was on July 16, 2000. The next central total lunar eclipse will be on July 27, 2018.
The eclipse will be visible rising over South America, western Africa, and Europe, and setting over eastern Asia. In western Asia, Australia and the Philippines, the lunar eclipse will be visible just before sunrise.
This eclipse is the center of five lunar eclipses in a short-lived series. The lunar year series repeats after 12 lunations or 354 days (Shifting back about 10 days in sequential years). Because of the date shift, the Earth’s shadow will be about 11 degrees west in sequential events.