|An image by Fred Espenak (http://www.mreclipse.com/) of a total lunar eclipse in 2004.|
2. Where can it be seen?
Eclipse time depends on observation place. Eclipse begin and end phases may fall on different dates depending on the observation site, that is, if the eclipse interval includes the change of date. The following figure (also according to 1) is the moon position map referenced to the Earth shadow.
In terms of Universal Time (UT or Greenwich time), the several phases are distributed according to:
P1 = 00:11 UT,
5. What are the main features of this event?
6. What is the best equipment to observe the eclipse ?
Binoculars (7X50 or 10X60) are definitely the best equipmet to use during moon eclipses. Since the moon can be very high in the sky, a comfortable chair is recommended. Telescopes can also be used provided low magnifications are employed so that the entire moon disk is visible at the eyepiece during all event phases.
Naked eye observation allows to appreciate the deep brightness change between the full moon and totality.
7. How can one photograph the phenomenon ?
You can use a digital came with a tripod and several exposure settings (manual) during all phases. During totality, exposure times of several seconds may be required depending on the ISO and f/D numbers. A practical guide to photograph eclipses can be found in (2).
Se also our reference for a photometric study during a partial lunar eclipse:
Yes it will. Moon disk reddening is one of the most amazing effects during totality and can always be seen, although changes in the umbra brightness contributed to enhance or lessen the moon aspect. The reddening is due to the dust in suspension in the Earth atmosphere which refracts sun rays totalty occulted to the moon.
9. Must I go to a dark place to see the eclipse ?
Not necessarily. The moon is a bright object in the sky so that its observation is possible even under the brightest city skies. However, in order to fully appreciate the contrast change in the sky between totality and full moon, a dark site is a better place to go.
10. When next great lunar eclipse will be ?
1. Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015 Sep 28. eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov
2. F. Espenak (2008). How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse.
3. See: Lunar Perigee and Apogee Calculator.