Amazing spectacle: Total lunar eclipse Monday night
You may be able to see it from your backyard, if weather is favorable
Image: Eclipse chart
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Seen from Central Park in New York at 4:30 a.m., the eclipse is nearly over, but the moon stands high, flanked by Orion on the left and Auriga and Taurus on the right.
By Joe Rao
updated 12/17/2010 12:49:50 PM ET 2010-12-17T17:49:50
For a few hours on the night of Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, the attention of tens of millions of people will be drawn skyward, where the mottled, coppery globe of our moon will hang completely immersed in the long, tapering cone of shadow cast out into space by our Earth. If the weather is clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's most beautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon.
Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which is only visible to those in the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can usually be observed from one's own backyard. The passage of the moon through the Earth's shadow is equally visible from all places within the hemisphere where the moon is above the horizon.
The total phase of the upcoming event will be visible across all of North and South America, as well as the northern and western part of Europe, and a small part of northeast Asia, including Korea and much of Japan. Totality will also be visible in its entirety from the North Island of New Zealand and Hawaii — a potential viewing audience of about 1.5 billion people. This will be the first opportunity from any place on earth to see the moon undergo a total eclipse in 34 months. [ Amazing photos of a total lunar eclipse]
This star chart shows where in the sky the upcoming lunar eclipse will appear. And check this NASA lunar eclipse chart to see how visible the eclipse will be from different regions around the world...
Wow! That sounds interesting! What time on Monday night? Anyone care to to remind me on Monday in case I forget?
What I find interesting is that the total lunar eclipse is supposed to be visible in the late hours of December 20th and the early hours of December 21st and December 21st is also the date of the winter solstice. A total lunar eclipse and the winter solstice haven’t coincided for 456 years.
by sunforged 8 years ago
Full lunar eclipse tonight.."You have two options: Stay up Late or Get up Early!It's been over thirty months since the continental United States in it's entirety has been able to view a total lunar eclipse. Keep your eyes on the sky next Tuesday morning, December 21st. The moon will hit a...
by tvs290 3 years ago
Whats so special about today's Lunar Eclipse?
by sobhy 8 years ago
The Earth casts a long shadow behind the side facing the sun. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon enters the Earth's shadow. This shadow has two parts: the known completely in the shadow of the umbra and the partial shadow called the penumbra.When the moon is completely immersed in the umbra, a...
by Beth Perry 4 years ago
Who is planning to watch the blood moon lunar eclipse tonight?I'm going to try and watch it -3AM EST- but we have a very cloudy sky tonight, so not sure if the view will be much. Anyone else going to try and see it?
by maw162 8 years ago
how lunar eclipse formed?
by indiareport 9 years ago
that is a happy news , once in a blue moon.
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