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April 4th-Lunar Eclipse

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A brief total eclipse of the Moon may be visible on Apr 4 to skywatchers in western North America, Australia and East Asia, astronomers say. The phenomenon occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are lined up so that the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow.

“The first contact with the ‘umbra’ or the beginning of the eclipse is at 15.47 hours. The full lunar eclipse would begin at about 17.30 hours. The total eclipse would begin to end at 17.32 hours,” in a statement.

The partial phase would continue till 19.15 hours, when the eclipse would have ended. Just about two weeks ago, some parts of the world were able to witness a total solar eclipse. The Apr 4 event marks the third of four total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, each about six months apart. The last lunar eclipse was on Oct 8. The next lunar eclipse will happen Sep 27.

Sky and Telescope magazine described the eclipse as “unusually brief.” The first shadows should be visible at 5.35pm (Singapore time), and the total eclipse begins at 7.34pm (Singapore time).