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Sarasota to get front row seat for lunar eclipse

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Early risers will get a beautiful sight in the predawn sky of April 15. A total lunar eclipse will be visible to all Suncoast residents if weather permits. Sky cover may become a problem as a cold front approaches. While lunar eclipses are not that rare compared to solar eclipses, the viewing for the April 15 event will be a perfect celestial setup for Florida and most of the western hemisphere. 

At this time the earth, moon and sun will be in perfect alignment as the earth casts its shadow on the moon. The combined sunset light of the earth will give the moon a deep orange glow, which often times can only be seen during an eclipse if standing at another location on earth. But we will get the entire 3 hour show in Florida. That's something that will not happen again until 2019.

Here is the time table courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory:


                        SARASOTA, FLORIDA

Moon enters penumbra
 
2014
Apr 15
 
Time
00:52.0
Azimuth

00:52.0
 
 Altitude

167.0
 
 
 
Moon enters umbra
  01:58.0   192.8        51.5  
 
Moon enters totality
  03:06.4  215.8  45.2  
 
Middle of eclipse
  03:45.7  226.1  39.5  
 
Moon leaves totality
  04:25.0  234.4  32.9  
 
Moon leaves umbra
  05:33.4
245.7
 19.9  
 
Moon leaves penumbra
  06:39.2
254.1

6.6

 
 
Moonset 
   07:14      
           

Here is a wonderful NASA video that will explain what you are going to see in the sky.