Total Lunar Eclipse this Wednesday will be long lasting but not viewable in US

Lunar Eclipse graphic - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The first total eclipse for 2011 is starting in the late night hours of Wednesday, June 15. A total lunar eclipse will occur between June 15 and June 16 and will be long lasting; it is just not viewable in the United States. People living in India, much of the West African Continent, parts of Australia and Asia will have the best view of the total eclipse.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 40 minutes. The whole event of entering in and out of the eclipse will last 3 hours and 39 minutes. This has been the longest total lunar eclipse in the last 11 years, which was on July 16, 2000 and lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Not to be left out, amateur astronomers can join in on the fun by watching online at the Sky Watchers Association of North Bengal, India SWAN website starting around 3:44:17 p.m. Wednesday June 15, 2011 Pacific Time, at http://skywatchersindia.wordpress.com/ They will be hosting a 4-hour long live event of the lunar eclipse.

The next lunar eclipse will be on December 10, 2011. It will also be a total eclipse. North America will be able to get a little bit of a show. Those living in Alaska, will be in full view of the December total eclipse, while East Asia and Australia will also be in full view of the eclipse.

BY: N Wilson

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