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The Moon
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Inside the Moon Craters Phases of the Moon Why Do We See Only One Side of the Moon? Tides Activities,
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Map Lunar Eclipses


LUNAR ECLIPSE


A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Lunar eclipses occur, on average, about every 6 months.

Types of Lunar Eclipses




Label the Lunar Eclipse Diagram

Label the lunar eclipse.
Answers
Duration of Lunar Eclipses
During an average total lunar eclipse, the moon is within the Earth's umbra for about an hour. This is called totality.

Frequency of Lunar Eclipses
Since the plane of the moon's orbit is inclined about 5°: from the plane of the Earth's orbit, lunar eclipses are relatively infrequent. There are about two lunar eclipses each year (visible somewhere on Earth).

Recent and Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipses
Date Type Region of Visibility
March 14, 2006 Penumbral-Total
September 7, 2006 Partial
March 3, 2007 Total lunar eclipse
August 28, 2007 Total lunar eclipse
February 21, 2008 Total lunar eclipse Central Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, Central Atlantic
August 16, 2008 Partial lunar eclipse S. America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
February 9, 2009 Penumbral lunar eclipse eE Europe, Asia, Aus., Pacific, W N.A.
July 7, 2009 Penumbral lunar eclipse
August 6, 2009 Penumbral lunar eclipse Americas, Europe, Africa, w Asia
December 31, 2009 Partial lunar eclipse Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
June 26, 2010 Partial lunar eclipse e Asia, Aus., Pacific, w Americas
December 21, 2010 Total lunar eclipse e Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas, Europe
June 15, 2011 Total lunar eclipse S. America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Aus.
December 10, 2011 Total lunar eclipse Europe, E Africa, Asia, Aus., Pacific, N.A.
June 4, 2012 Partial lunar eclipse Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas
November 28, 2012 Penumbral lunar eclipse Europe, e Africa, Asia, Aus., Pacific, N.A.
April 25, 2013 Partial lunar eclipse Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
May 25, 2013 Penumbral lunar eclipse Americas, Africa
October 18, 2013 Penumbral lunar eclipse Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia
April 15, 2014 Total lunar eclipse Australia, Pacific, Americas
October 9, 2014 Total lunar eclipse Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas
April 4, 2015 Total lunar eclipse Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas
September 28, 2015 Total lunar eclipse E. Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, W. Asia


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