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10 December 2011


A total lunar eclipse will occur on the night of 10 December. The total eclipse happens at 10:06pm and lasts for 52 minutes. It will be visible in the eastern sky if the weather permits. Observing this lunar eclipse is a good family or friends gathering activity. To see the eclipse, you only need to look at the East and find the Moon at the right time. The next total lunar eclipse visible in Hong Kong will take place on 8 October 2014.

Simulation of the Lunar Eclipse

Details of the Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse Magnitude: 1.1

Regions of Visibility: The entire event is visible from Asia (including Hong Kong) and Australia. Some eclipse phases can be observed in North America, Europe and Africa.



Eclipse phase Hong Kong Time Moon's Altitude
(degrees)
Moon's direction
Moon enters penumbra (P1) 19:32 26
East North-East
Moon enters umbra (U1) 20:45 42 East
Total eclipse begins (U2) 22:06 60 East
Greatest eclipse (G) 22:32 66
East
Total eclipse ends (U3) 22:58 72 East
Moon leaves umbra (U4) 00:18 90 Zenith
Moon leaves penumbra (P4) 00:32 74 West

Free Observation activity for the Lunar Eclipse

Hong Kong Space Museum will organise an activity titled the "Night of Total Lunar Eclipse". Participants can see all eclipse phases through various astronomical telescopes. Free admission.

Date: 10 December 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 7:30 p.m. íV11:30 p.m.

Venue: Central section of the Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui

Source of data:
USNO
http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/data-services/eclipses/L2011Dec10.pdf