The last total lunar eclipse of 2011, Lunar Eclipse December 2011 is said to appear in the western sky Saturday morning just before dawn in the west coast of the U.S. The eclipse will reportedly begin at 4:45 a.m. PST when a red shadow starts to cover the moon which will totally come under the southern part of the Earth’s shadow at 6:06 a.m. PT and emerge after 51 minutes. In Alaska, Hawaii, northwestern Canada, Australia, New Zealand and central and eastern Asia ringside view of the second total lunar eclipse of the year can be had. Furthermore, in North America, skywatchers located in western Canada and the United States should have a great view of the eclipse. It is interesting to know that during the eclipse, the moon will darken and show an unpredictable range of different colors as the Earth blocks the sun's rays, which is known as the Rayleigh scattering.
Lunar eclipse is a regular phenomenon and occurs at least once every year and may go up to four times a year. A total of seven eclipses can be seen in a year. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, following its orbit around us, passes directly behind Earth as seen from the sun. This Lunar Eclipse December 2011 will be the second total lunar eclipse this year. The first was on June 15. Unlike the solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be watched with the naked eyes and it is also perfectly safe to venture out in the light of the eclipsed moon. If you miss Saturday's eclipse, there will be a partial one next June 4 and there will not be a total lunar eclipse again until April 15, 2014.
Looking in the western sky Saturday morning before dawn, you will be rewarded with the last total lunar eclipse of 2011
For just under an hour, the disk of the full moon will almost disappear, turning a dark, rusty red
The eclipse will reportedly begin at 4:45 a.m. PST, totally come under the southern part of the Earth’s shadow at 6:06 a.m. PT and emerge after 51 minutes
This will be the second and the last total lunar eclipse this year. The first time was on June 15, 2011
After Saturday’s total lunar eclipse, the next lunar eclipse will not take place for almost another three years, on April 15, 2014
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