Eastern Europe is one of the lucky territories of the world, that will witness the totality of today’s lunar eclipse. In Moscow, Russia, the eclipse begins at 21:23 local time, on June 15, 2011 and ends at 01:02 on June 16, with the total phase beginning at 22:22 on June 15, and ending at 00:03 on June 16, 2011.
Other Eastern European countries like Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, and Bulgaria will witness the eclipse beginning with 20:23 local time on June 15, and ending at 00:02 on June 16, 2011. Sadly, the first stage of the eclipse in these countries is not visible.
The eclipse begins at 17:24 UT and ends at 23:00 UT. For those who can only witness the total eclipse, this begins at 19:22 UT and ends at 21:02 UT, with the peak at 20:12 UT.
This total lunar eclipse is the longest lunar eclipse in over a decade. Eastern European observers will need a clear unobstructed view of the moon looking low towards the south-east horizon; the lower to the horizon you can see – the better. If you are lucky to have a clear sky, you will witness the show of a lifetime: the moon will undergo dramatic color changes throughout the eclipse, making this a romantic event, as well as a scientific one.