Here are the timings for tonight's total lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly behind the Earth
relative to the sun, and the moon passes through the Earth's shadow.
Mid eclipse is a 3:37 a.m. That's when the moon will be its darkest,
usually a deep red. Some light reaches the moon by refracting through
the Earth's atmosphere to give it that dull red glow.
Before the total eclipse begins, you'll see the shadow moving onto the
moon for about an hour. After it's over, again you'll see the shadow
moving off the moon.
I'm hoping to see all three parts of the eclipse. I love seeing the
moon partially in the Earth's shadow.
Here are the timings for each phase:
1:51 a.m. Partial eclipse beings
2:52 a.m. Total eclipse beings
4:22 a.m. Total eclipse ends
5:24 a.m. Partial eclipse ends
Set your clocks! No optical aid required. Just enjoy seeing the moon
go through those fascinating changes tonight.
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