If it wasn't raining, an unspectacular lunar eclipse would be nearly over by the time the full moon rises at 5:32 p.m. tonight.

I wrote a little "Ten Things to know about the Penumbral Lunar eclipse" article today.


If you use the platform Tumblr, NASA has a nice product about the eclipse here, and you don't have to be a Tumblr use to see it.
Finally, I really like the Time and Date website eclipse graphics.

Looks like our next Sidewalk Astronomy night will be March 4 and there will be an interesting celestial event.  Around 19:09 PST on March 4, the almost-half Moon occults the red giant star Aldebaran. This might be a naked eye disappearance for the sharp-eyed.  Everyone else should use binoculars or a small telescope. You CAN do this at home. If you can find the moon you have a chance to watch the moon pass in front of the star.  The time is the exact time for La Canada Flintridge, so it will be a little different depending on where you are located.  For those coming to the sidewalk maybe we'll have one of the telescopes with a videocamera attached and a monitor to view this special event, so more people can see it. Here is a nice writeup of who can see this event.

The reappearance is on the lighted hemisphere around 20:27 PST and will require binoculars or telescope.  The color difference between star and Moon will be striking. Thanks to Steve Edberg and Tom Traeger for the heads up!


Jane Houston Jones
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