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Total lunar eclipse on 5 May, 2004
(27 April 2004)

A total lunar eclipse will occur on May 5, 2004 (Wednesday). If weather permits, the event will be visible in Hong Kong that morning.

The total eclipse will occur between 3:52 a.m. and 5:08 a.m. On the day of the eclipse, the moon will set at 5:53 a.m., after total eclipse ends but before the moon leaves umbra. Please refer to the attached diagram for the path of the moon during the eclipse.

Details of the eclipse are as follows:

 

Hong Kong

Time

Azimuth

Direction

Elevation

(Degrees)
Moonrise
6:22 p.m. (4 May)
East-southeast
0
Moon enters penumbra
1:51 a.m. (5 May)
Southwest
45
Moon enters umbra
2:48 a.m. (5 May)
Southwest
36
Total eclipse begins
3:52 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
25
Middle of eclipse
4:30 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
17
Total eclipse ends
5:08 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
10
Moonset
5:53 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
0
Moon leaves umbra
6:12 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
-4

Moon leaves penumbra

7:10 a.m. (5 May)
West-southwest
-16

 

The vantage points to observe the lunar eclipse will be those with unobstructed view to the west-southwest such as Stanley, Tuen Mun, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, Tai O, Tai Mo Shan, etc.

The next lunar eclipse observable in Hong Kong will occur on 24 April, 2005 and it will be a penumbral eclipse.

Please refer to the Hong Kong Observatory website for detailed explanation of the technical terms used for different stages of the eclipse:

http://www. weather.gov.hk/gts/astron2004/lunar_eclipse_e.htm

Total lunar eclipse on 5 May 2004

 

 


Last revision date: <20 Dec 2012>