May Lunar Eclipse
May 24, 2004
The mosaic above shows the various stages of the total lunar eclipse that was visible over Europe on the night of May 4/5, 2004. These photos were taken from Athens, Greece. This was the first total lunar eclipse of the year, but it wasn't visible in North America. During a total lunar eclipse, the full Moon is completely covered by the Earth's shadow (umbra). Although, total solar eclipses occur slightly more frequently than do total lunar eclipse, many more people witness lunar eclipses since the full Moon is visible to everyone on the side of the Earth that faces it (providing skies are clear). The next chance to see a total lunar eclipse is on October 28 of this year.