Lunar Prospector in Eclipse

Last lunar eclipse of this millenium

On Wednesday, July 28 the final lunar eclipse of this year can be viewed by sky watchers in the Americas, east Asia and the Pacific. The event is a moderate partial eclipse with the Moon's southern limb dipping for nearly two and a half hours into Earth's umbral shadow. At maximum 40.2 percent of the Moon's diameter will be covered by Earth's shadow.

For those who celebrate January 1, 2000 as the first day of the 21st century this will be the last lunar eclipse of this millenium. Half a month later, it will be followed by the last total solar eclipse of this millennium which will be visible from Europe and Asia.

For those who observe January 1, 2001 as the first day of the new millennium there will be two other 20th-century lunar eclipses. On January 21, 2000 a total lunar eclipse will be visible from the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa. On July 16, 2000 another total lunar eclipse can be observed from Asia, the Pacific region and the western part of the Americas. There will be no total solar eclipse in 2000. On July 31, 2000 a partial solar eclipse can be seen from northern Asia and the northwestern part of North America and on December 25, 2000 a partial solar eclipse can be watched from North and Central America. The next total solar eclipse will occur on June 21, 2001. Totality takes place in the south Atlantic, southern Africa and Madagascar.

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