Eyes up! We have a really convenient local total lunar eclipse
Sunday night May 15th after sunset until about 10 p.m., visible for
those of us with clear skies and good eastern horizons.
Here is the best link for times and details for where ever you are.
Check it out and set it for your times, other than LA locals.
Your sidewalk astronomers will not be at Library Park, but if you
are there in the park for the Monrovia Days https://www.monroviadays.org/-
celebrating the 136th anniversary of our beloved town, look toward
the eastern horizon after sunset, opposite the sunset -- and look
for moonrise after 8:30 p.m. Eclipses are easily visible with your
unaided eyes and binoculars, from home or anywhere, no telescope or
crowds are necessary.
Locally, the total eclipse begins when the moon is below our horizon
before sunset on Sunday the 15th. https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/los-angeles
Start looking East near sunset 8:30 p.m. (and you'll be looking to
the east on the horizon, opposite the sunset). Closer to 9pm
the maximum eclipse begins, where the entire moon should be visible,
and should appear reddish. So a view of the eastern horizon is
needed early, which we wouldn't have at Library Park anyway.
Between 9:11 p.m. and 10:55 p.m and later you should have a great
view, higher in the eastern sky - an awesome view, and I want to see
your images, if you get some! Why not find a nice stable spot near
a fence in your yard or deck to stablilize your cell phone, and take
cell phone photos every 20 minutes or so?
The timetable for the eclipse is:
8:29 pm Total eclipse begins
9:11 pm Maximum eclipse begins
9:53 pm Maximum eclipse ends
10:55 pm Partial eclipse ends
Some great links:
What's Up from NASA:
Jane Houston Jones, retired JPLer
Twitter: @jhjones @otastro