October 2004 lunar eclipse

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Total Lunar Eclipse
October 27–28, 2004
Oct 28 2004 total lunar eclipse-espenak.png
By Fred Espenak at 3:03 UT, from Dunkirk, Maryland
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The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
Series (and member) 136 (19)
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 1:20:35
Partial 3:38:41
Penumbral 5:53:46
Contacts
P1 0:07:17 UTC
U1 1:14:45 UTC
U2 2:23:51 UTC
Greatest 3:04:07 UTC
U3 3:44:20 UTC
U4 4:53:26 UTC
P4 6:01:03 UTC
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The moon's path across shadow in Aries.

A total lunar eclipse took place on October 28, 2004, the second of two total lunar eclipses in 2004, the first being on May 4, 2004.[1] It was the first lunar eclipse to take place during a World Series game,[2][3] which when seen from Busch Memorial Stadium in St, Louis, Missouri, provided a surreal sight on the night the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years to end the Curse of the Bambino.

Visibility[edit]

This eclipse was completely visible from all of North and South America, and visible from most of Europe and Africa.

Lunar eclipse from moon-2004Oct28.png

Relation to other lunar eclipses[edit]

Lunar year series[edit]

It is the third of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.


Saros series[edit]

This eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 136, and the first of the series that passes through the center of Earth's shadow. The next occurrence will be on November 8, 2022.

Metonic series[edit]

This eclipse is the third of four Metonic cycle lunar eclipses on the same date, October 28–29, each separated by 19 years:

The Metonic cycle repeats nearly exactly every 19 years and represents a Saros cycle plus one lunar year. Because it occurs on the same calendar date, the earth's shadow will in nearly the same location relative to the background stars.

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 136
  2. ^ Shaughnessy 2005, pp. 225–226
  3. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (October 28, 2004). "YES!!!: Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 

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