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
Locally, the total eclipse begins when the moon is below our horizon
*before sunset* on Sunday the 15th.
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