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Moon eclipse 18/19 October, 2013


A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon, in its movement around   the Earth, goes in its shadow. This occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned exactly enough (partial Lunar Eclipse). Always the “phase” of the Moon in Lunar Eclipse is the Full Moon. Type and its duration depend on the relative position and the position on the line of nodes.111

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On Friday night, the moon came partly in Earth’s penumbra, and some countries, such as Romania, have been in an area where the Eclipse could be observed with the naked eye. On the night of the Eclipse, the moon has been in Pisces constellation. The Moon rose in the evening of 18th October at around 18, passing the meridian at 0.55 a.m. and setting at 7.55 a.m., both events taking place on October 19th. During the Eclipse, the Moon was at 15 ° northeast of the planet Uranus. The Lunar Eclipse of October 19th, 2013 is part of Saros series 117 being the 52 from a series of 71. Saros series 117 Lunar Eclipse made its debut on April 3rd, 1094 with an Eclipse on the South of the terrestrial penumbra and will end on May 15th , 2356 with an Eclipse on the  North of the penumbra. If such phenomena arouse your curiosity, then not sleeping maybe was a good idea because the next Lunar Eclipse is expected only in a few years from now on. After midnight, the penumbra of the Earth began to cover the disk of the moon. On the covered month wasn’t completely dark, but has lost the shine.

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The highlight was at 02:50 a.m., at which point 76% of the lunar surface was covered by the Earth’s penumbra. Partial eclipse of the Moon could be seen in Europe, Asia and Africa, and following of this kind will be visible in the European countries only in September 2015. It was important that the night sky was relatively clear, and after 03:00 a.m., the Moon gradually regained its brightness. Lunar Eclipse started at 00:51 a.m. and the climax was reached at 02:50 a.m. At that time, three-quarters of the planet has already been covered. A similar phenomenon took place in April. The Lunar Eclipse of 25th April 2013 was part of Saros 112 series being the 65 from 72 eclipses of the series. Saros 112 series Lunar Eclipse made his debut on 20 May 1859 with an eclipse at the northern terrestrial penumbra and it will end on 12th July 2139 with an Eclipse at the southern terrestrial penumbra. Partial eclipse of the Moon on 25th April 2013 was a fairly difficult to observe, because of very low magnitude of the Eclipse shadow. The northern area of the disc was darkened lunar poorly due to the solar eclipse through the penumbra. The Lunar Eclipse of 25th April 2013 could be seen from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Lunar eclipses occur only when it is full moon and there are no visible worldwide. The event dated on the 25th April 2013 could be observed in Europe, Asia and Africa.

 

 

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