October 2004 lunar eclipse
|Total Lunar Eclipse|
October 27–28, 2004
By Fred Espenak at 3:03 UT, from Dunkirk, Maryland
The moon's path through the Earth's shadow.
|Series (and member)||136 (19)|
|Date||28 October 2004|
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. It was the first lunar eclipse to take place during a World Series game, 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
- A partial solar eclipse on April 19.
- A total lunar eclipse on May 4.
- A partial solar eclipse on October 14.
- A total lunar eclipse on October 28.
Lunar year seriesEdit
It is the third of four lunar year cycles, repeating every 354 days.
|Lunar eclipse series sets from 2002–2005|
|Descending node||Ascending node|
|111||2002 May 26
||1.1759||116||2002 Nov 20
||2003 May 16
||2003 Nov 09
||2004 May 04
||2004 Oct 28
|141||2005 Apr 24
||2005 Oct 17
|Last set||2002 Jun 24||Last set||2001 Dec 30|
|Next set||2006 Mar 14||Next set||2006 Sep 7|
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.
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.
|Metonic events: May 4 and October 28|
|Ascending node||Descending node|
|October 24, 1995||November 3, 2013|
- Hermit Eclipse: Saros cycle 136
- Shaughnessy 2005, pp. 225–226
- Shaughnessy, Dan (October 28, 2004). "YES!!!: Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918". The Boston Globe. p. A1. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, Jean Meeus, p.110, Chapter 18, The half-saros
- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: Red Moon Triple (29 October 2004)
- NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: Pumpkin Moon (30 October 2004)
- Lunar Eclipse gallery
- Photo by Wade B Clark Jr. near Lyman, Washington, USA
- Spaceweather.com: Lunar eclipse gallery
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