- photo from NASA
On Wednesday, June 15, the moon will magically disappear and then reappear* in what's said to be the longest lunar eclipse in 11 years. From CBS News:
The longest total lunar eclipse since July 2000 will occur on Wednesday (June 15), with skywatchers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia in prime position to witness the moon treat.Well, that's pretty much the entire planet EXCEPT for the Americas, which means you won't get to see jack shit.
For observers in regions where it will be visible, the eclipse could offer an amazing sight: the period of totality will be 100 minutes. In the last 100 years, only three other eclipses have rivaled the duration of totality of this eclipse, according to SPACE.com's skywatching columnist Joe Rao. The last lunar eclipse of similar length occured on July 16, 2000 and lasted 107 minutes.Oh, rub it in, why don't you?
"The entire event will be seen from the eastern half of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia," stated the NASA Eclipse Website of the June 15 event.
There will be another total lunar eclipse on December 10, which will be visible from the western United States. However, it will be December, and there will be enough clouds and rain that, once again, you won't be able to see a damn thing. In other words, thanks for nothing, astronomy.
* this is not actually what happens during an eclipse