Lunar Eclipse - April 04, 2015
|3:35 AM||3:55 AM||4:15 AM||4:35 AM|
|4:55 AM||5:15 AM||5:35 AM||5:54 AM|
|6:00 AM||6:06 AM|
The above sequence shows the movement of the moon through the earth's shadow. The skies were clear for the duration of the eclipse.
This eclipse had the distinction of being the shortest of this century, but this was not without some discussion. Depending upon which timing predictions were used, the eclipse lasted 12.2 minutes, 4.7 minutes, or as some have argued, the eclipse was only partial with 99.5% of the moon covered. Using U.S Naval Observatory data, the event timings for this eclipse were: Partial Eclipse Begins - 4:15 AM, Total Eclipse Begins - 5:54 AM, Maximum Eclipse - 6:00 AM, Total Eclipse Ends - 6:06 AM. (All times are in MDT.)