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LUNAR ECLIPSES, 1880–84.—The total eclipse of the moon is only partly visible in this country, the middle occurring at 3h. 39m. Greenwich time, and the moon not rising until seven minutes later; the end of the total phase takes place at 4h. 24m., and the last contact with the earth's shadow at 5h. 33m. In Australia the whole eclipse may be witnessed to advantage. On December 5, 1881, there will occur an almost total eclipse (magnitude 0.97), again only partly visible here; the first contact with the shadow at 3h. 28m., and the moon rising at 3h. 50m.; greatest phase at 5h. 8m. In 1882 there will be no lunar eclipse. On October 16, 1883, a partial eclipse is barely visible here; first contact with the shadow at 5h. 59m. a.m., the moon setting at 6h. 25m. The next favourably-circumstanced lunar eclipse, as regards observation in this country, will take place on the evening of October 4, 1884; first contact with shadow at 8h. 15m., beginning of total phase at 9h. 16m., middle of the eclipse at 10h. 2m., ending of total phase at 10h. 4801., and last contact with shadow at 11h. 49m.

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