Like John Dobson always said when you need to wake up early in the
morning: drink a glass of lemonade before you go to bed -- you need to
wake up to rotate your telescope mirror pitch lap or take it off the
mirror while making a telescope mirror. The same goes for waking up for
a predawn lunar eclipse!
Set your alarms (weather permitting for before 5 a.m. Saturday morning!
Our west coast gets a total lunar eclipse in the morning before dawn! My
video chart shows a 12 minute totality (via USNO & S&T) but depending
where you measure the deepest shadow (the umbra) some websites and most
of the media are saying less than 5 minutes (THE SHORTEST ECLIPSE OF THE
CENTURY). (caps on purpose) So I summed up the different calculation
Regardless, get your butt out of bed before 5am PT if you can. Totality
is a few minutes before 5 am until a few minutes after 5 am. Pacific.
Training for August 2017!
Video of the eclipse and Whats Up for April: lots!
Hope we see it!
Jane Houston Jones
@jhjones @CassiniSaturn @NASAInsight
What's Up? April 4th lunar eclipse