October 2004 lunar eclipse
|Total Lunar Eclipse
October 27–28, 2004
By Fred Espenak at 3:03 UT, from Dunkirk, Maryland
The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
|Series (and member)||136 (19)|
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. It was the first lunar eclipse to take place during a World Series game, which coincidentally featured the Boston Red Sox winning their first world series in 86 years to end the curse of the bambino.
This eclipse was completely visible from all of North and South America, and visible from most of Europe and Africa.
Relation to other lunar eclipses
Lunar year series
It is the third of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.
|Lunar eclipse series sets from 2002–2005|
|Descending node||Ascending node|
|111||2002 May 26
||2002 Nov 20
||2003 May 16
||2003 Nov 09
||2004 May 04
||2004 Oct 28
||2005 Apr 24
||2005 Oct 17
|Last set||2002 Jun 24||Last set||2001 Dec 30|
|Next set||2006 Mar 14||Next set||2006 Sep 7|
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.
|Metonic events: May 4 and October 28|
|Ascending node||Descending node|
Timelapse photo from Hayward, California
Ault Field, Washington, 2:29 UT
Dunkirk, Maryland, 3:03 UT
From Kiuruvesi, Finland, 3:21 UT
End of totality, 3:43 UT
Bellevue, Washington, 3:51 UT
Timelapse photo from A Coruña, Spain
- List of lunar eclipses and List of 21st-century lunar eclipses
- May 2003 lunar eclipse
- November 2003 lunar eclipse
- May 2004 lunar eclipse
- Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 136
- Shaughnessy 2005, pp. 225–226
- Shaughnessy, Dan (October 28, 2004). "YES!!!: Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: Red Moon Triple (29 October 2004)
- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: Pumpkin Moon (30 October 2004)
- Lunar Eclipse gallery
- Photo by Wade B Clark Jr. near Lyman, Washington, USA
- Spaceweather.com: Lunar eclipse gallery
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