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Total lunar eclipse visible to us April 14

On the evening of April 14 and into April 15, the moon will be seen in total eclipse.

Associated Press (2007)

On the evening of April 14 and into April 15, the moon will be seen in total eclipse.

There will be a total eclipse of the moon the night of April 14-15. During totality, notice Mars to the upper right of the moon and Spica just to its lower right.

Here's how it will happen in our time zone:

• Partial eclipse starts at 1:58 a.m.

• Total eclipse starts at 3:06 a.m.

• Total eclipse ends at 4:25 a.m.

• Partial eclipse ends at 5:33 a.m.

Brilliant Jupiter is high in the southwest after dark and will remain in the sky until two hours after midnight.

Mars will be at its brightest this year when it is opposite the sun April 8. The red planet will rise around sunset and set around sunrise in April. In the early days of the month, find the star Spica to the lower right of Mars.

Saturn won't rise until a little before 11 p.m. at the beginning of the month and a couple hours earlier at the end. The ringed planet is near the moon in the southwest before sunrise April 17.

Venus will rise in the east two hours before the sun at the start of April and a half hour before at the end of the month. A thin crescent moon joins Venus on April 26.

At the planetariums

Science + Technology Education Innovation Center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg: Sci-Fi and Sky Night starts at 6 p.m. April 5. (727) 384-0027, sciencecenter ofpinellas.com.

The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club meets at the Science Center at 8 p.m. April 25. stpeteastronomy club.org.

St. Petersburg College, 69th Street and Fifth Avenue N, St. Petersburg: Free planetarium shows at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Fridays. When skies are clear, the observatory will be open after the second show.

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 210 10th St. W, Bradenton: There are five different shows this month. (941) 746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.

Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa: The IMAX Dome Theater presents Hidden Universe. (813) 987-6100 or visit mosi.org.

Daryl L. Schrader is professor emeritus at St. Petersburg College and teaches astronomy at the University of South Florida.

SKY CALENDAR

APRIL 1: An hour after dusk, Mars is low in the east-southeast. Spica is to the lower right of Mars.

APRIL 3: The star Aldebaran is to the upper left of the crescent moon after dusk.

APRIL 4: Telescopes are set up after dark in Gulfport.

APRIL 6: Look low to the southwest to find Jupiter to the upper right of the moon an hour after sunset.

APRIL 7: Jupiter is to the right of the moon after sunset. First quarter moon.

APRIL 8: Mars is at its brightest this year and at opposition. Moon at apogee of 251,344 miles.

APRIL 13: Mars is to the lower left of the moon after sunset.

APRIL 14-15: Total eclipse of the moon starts at 1:58 a.m.

APRIL 14: Mars closest to the Earth this year at 57.4 million miles. An hour after sunset, Mars is directly above the moon. The bright star near the moon is Spica.

APRIL 15: Full moon.

APRIL 17: In the southwest before sunrise, Saturn is just to the right of the moon.

APRIL 22: Last quarter moon.

APRIL 25: Venus to the lower left of the crescent moon at dawn toward the east-southeast. Mercury is superior conjunction — on the other side of the Sun.

APRIL 26: Very low to the east Venus is on the right of a very thin crescent moon.

APRIL 28: Saturn directly in the southeast a few hours after sunset.

What is a lunar eclipse?

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types, total, partial and penumbral, with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon.The last lunar eclipse was Oct. 18. The next is April 14-15. It will be a total eclipse, visible from the Americas, Australia and out in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: space.com

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