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Eyes to the Sky

April 14 - 18, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse - Mars Closest, Brightest

This photo assemblage shows the total lunar eclipse of January 20-21, 2000. 

Photo copyright (c) F. Espenak 

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Earth's moon and Mars reign in a particularly regal sky all week. Mars, still brightest it's been since December 2007, comes closest to Earth at 9am today. April's moon arrives at full phase overnight tonight at 3:42am: it will be entirely in Earth's shadow -- the midpoint of a total eclipse! The moon begins to fade into shadow at about 1am, arrives at "totality" at 3:07 and begins to reappear at 4:25am. Luna will be nearly fully lit again as it sets at 6:24am in the west-southwest, opposite the rising sun which will be in the east-northeast. Overnight tonight until dawn tomorrow promises to be a most memorable night out. Take heart, there's much to see even if an overnight outdoors is not for you.

Bright golden-ruddy Mars is to be enjoyed from dusk in the east until dawn in the west, traversing the sky to the south all night. Tonight, the nearly full moon is below the quintessential spring constellation, Leo the Lion. On Sunday and Monday, Luna appears close to Mars and the planet's companion stars Spica and Porrima, a heavenly rendezvous not to be missed.

Path of the Moon through Earth's umbral and penumbral shadows during the Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014. This version of the diagram gives times in Eastern Daylight Time. 

Diagram courtesy of Fred Espenak

Each year, the dates of Passover and Easter are determined by the date of the first full moon after the vernal equinox, the paschal moon. Passover begins on the full moon and Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon. Tuesday is the first day of Passover, preceded by the ceremony of the seder on Monday evening when moonrise will be at 7:10 p.m., just before sunset at 7:33. Easter will be celebrated on the 20th.

The moon and Mars reign at night as the sun has, at last, taken charge of day.

Judy Isacoff