Eclipses


  • imminent eclipses visible from Middlebury

Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 January 20

A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the sky from Middlebury on the evening of Sunday, January 20, weather-permitting. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin at about 10:33pm, the full phase of the eclipse will begin at about 11:40pm, the full phase of the eclipse will end at about 12:44am, and the partial phase of the eclipse will end at about 1:51am.

A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow. Effectively, the earth is passing between the sun and the moon and the earth is blocking the sun’s light from reaching the moon.

We will not have an observatory event during this total lunar eclipse. However, you can still enjoy this total lunar eclipse wherever you might have a view of the moon and the sky. Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view and can be enjoyed with the naked, unaided eye.

After this eclipse, the next lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on the evening of Saturday, July 4, 2020. The next partial lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be on the morning of Friday, November 19, 2021. The next total lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be on the evening of Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Approximate Timeline (for Middlebury)
2019 Jan 20 4:19pm Moonrise
2019 Jan 20 5:18pm End civil twilight
2019 Jan 20 9:35pm Moon enters penumbra
2019 Jan 20 10:33pm Moon enters umbra
2019 Jan 20 11:40pm Moon enters totality
2019 Jan 21 12:12am Middle of eclipse
2019 Jan 21 12:44am Moon exits totality
2019 Jan 21 1:51am Moon exits umbra
2019 Jan 21 2:50am Moon exits penumbra
2019 Jan 21 6:49am Begin civil twilight
2019 Jan 21 7:43am Moonset
All times Eastern. Data courtesy USNO.

Lunar Eclipse, NASA.

Eclipse Diagram, Fred Espenak.

Lunar Eclipse Essentials, NASA Goddard Visualizations.

Understanding Lunar Eclipses, NASA Goddard Visualizations.

Eclipses: Crash Course Astronomy #5, Phil Plait.

Lunar eclipses for beginners (Fred Espenak).

Additional total lunar eclipse details (Fred Espenak).

Additional total lunar eclipse details (Time and Date).

 

 

 


  • upcoming eclipses

  • The next lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on the evening of Saturday, July 4, 2020. The next partial lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be on the morning of Friday, November 19, 2021. The next total lunar eclipse visible from Middlebury will be on the evening of Sunday, May 15, 2022.
     
    Lunar Eclipse, NASA

     

  • The next solar eclipse happening in the skies above Middlebury will be a partial solar eclipse on the morning of Thursday, June 10, 2021. The next total solar eclipse happening in the skies above Middlebury will be on the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024.
     
    Solar Eclipse, NASA

 

 

  • A transit of Mercury across the solar disk will be visible on the morning of Thursday, November 11, 2019.

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