The next lunar eclipse occurs on September 27, 2015 in North America. This is the fourth and final eclipse in a series of total lunar eclipses. The next total eclipse visible from this area won’t happen until January 2019, so enjoy this one while you can!

To watch a lunar eclipse all you need is a clear sky. If you want to join others to observe the eclipse, a list of events hosted by GLAAC members is below.

The eclipse begins with a slight dimming of the Moon as it passes into Earth’s penumbra. In Michigan, that happens at about 8:10, about an hour after moonrise, so the Moon will be in the east.

The better part of the eclipse begins at 9:07, when the Moon begins to enter the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow, the umbra. Between then and 10:11 you’ll be able to watch the dark, reddish shadow creep across the Moon’s face. Totality runs from 10:11 until 11:23 pm, with the deepest, and usually darkest part of the eclipse at 10:47. From 11:23 to 12:27 the umbra retreats from the Moon, and the eclipse ends completely at around 1:22 AM.


Events are weather permitting, except where specified otherwise

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