October 2004 lunar eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse
October 27–28, 2004
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By Fred Espenak at 3:03 UT, from Dunkirk, Maryland
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The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
Series (and member) 136 (19)
Date 28 October 2004
Duration (hr:mn:sc)
Totality 1:20:35
Partial 3:38:41
Penumbral 5:53:46
P1 0:07:17 UTC
U1 1:14:45 UTC
U2 2:23:51 UTC
Greatest 3:04:07 UTC
U3 3:44:20 UTC
U4 4:53:26 UTC
P4 6:01:03 UTC
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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.[1] It was the first lunar eclipse to take place during a World Series game,[2][3] which when seen from Busch Memorial Stadium in St, Louis, Missouri, provided a surreal sight on the night the Boston Red Sox won 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 eclipsesEdit

Eclipses of 2004Edit

Lunar year seriesEdit

It is the third of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.

Saros seriesEdit

This eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 136, and the first of the series that passes through the center of Earth's shadow. The next occurrence will be on November 8, 2022. Solar Saros 143 interleaves with this lunar saros with an event occurring every 9 years 5 days alternating between each saros series.

Metonic seriesEdit

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.

Half-Saros cycleEdit

A lunar eclipse will be preceded and followed by solar eclipses by 9 years and 5.5 days (a half saros).[4] This lunar eclipse is related to two solar eclipses of Solar Saros 143.

October 24, 1995 November 3, 2013

Photo galleryEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 136
  2. ^ Shaughnessy 2005, pp. 225–226
  3. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (October 28, 2004). "YES!!!: Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros

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