This month the full moon will be eclipsed in the early morning hours on Saturday April 4. This will be the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century. Totality will last only 5 minutes!
- The eclipse will begin with the Moon entering the Earth’s shadow at 4:16am MDT.
- Total eclipse begins at 5:58am MDT.
- Total eclipse ends at 6:03am MDT.
- Sunrise is at 6:39am MDT.
- Moonset is at 6:46am MDT. The Moon will be setting partially eclipsed.
- The Moon leaves the Earth’s shadow at 7:45am MDT, 59 minutes after moonset.
Spica the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo the virgin will be to the left of the Moon during the eclipse. This will make a dramatic picture with the Moon setting eclipsed over the snow-capped mountains.
This month’s full moon is most commonly known as the Pink Moon. It is also known as the Seed Moon, Planter’s Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Grass Moon, Flower Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, and Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation (Dakota Sioux). April’s full moon usually plays a role in determining Passover and Easter. Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon (Paschal Full Moon) after the spring equinox. Those “early” Easters occur when the full moon occurs in March after the spring equinox.
The full moon will rise in the constellation Virgo Saturday evening at 7:53pm MDT next to Spica (lower right). The bright star to the left of the Moon is Arcturus in the constellation Bootes (bow ho tiz) the herdsmen. The light you see from Arcturus left the star in 1978. It’s a next door neighbor.
A lunar eclipse happens only during a full moon. Technically the full moon is only a moment in time even though it appears to be full a day before and after the full moon. That moment occurs at 6:07am MST, on Saturday April 4 for Aurora, Colorado. That’s within minutes of the lunar eclipse.
Wishing you clear skies