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The full Moon will duck into the Earths shadow on June 4 in a partial lunar eclipse visible over Australia, Asia and the Americas. At maximum eclipse the Moon will be about one third covered by the Earths umbral shadow, which promises to bath part of the Moon in a spectacular deep reddish hue.

Eclipses of the Sun and Moon occur in pairs. When a solar eclipse occurs, a lunar eclipse takes place either two weeks before or after. This time the lunar eclipse follows last months annular solar eclipse and like the solar version it is the same regions of the Earth that have the best seat in the house to enjoy this lunar spectacle.

Areas of Visibility of the June 4, 2012 Partial Lunar Eclipse (Fred Espenak/NASA)

At the time of the lunar eclipse, the Moon is located in the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent holder and only about 6 degrees to the NE of the 1st magnitude red supergiant star Antares, the brightest star in Scorpio.

The penumbral first contact (P1) takes place at 08:48:09 UT, with the umbral phase (U1) starting at 09:59:53 UT, greatest point of contact at 11:03:13 UT and the end of the umbral phase (U4) at 12:06:30 UT. At 13:18:17 UT the eclipse is all over with the end of the penumbral phase (P4).

June 4, 2012 Partial Lunar Eclipse (Fred Espenak/NASA)