Lunar Eclipse: How to view it

Courtesy: Bob Horton, Brown University

Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see a rare treat in the skies early Tuesday morning — a Total Lunar Eclipse.

The Timeline:

  • 1:20am: The moon begins to fall into the outer part of the shadow called the penumbra. It’ll take awhile before you’ll be able to notice the moon moving through this part of the shadow. You may notice the moon starting to look a little dimmer.
  • 1:58am: The partial eclipse begins. This is when the moon begins to move into the darker part of the shadow — the umbra. A reddish/blackish shadow will move across the moon. What will be interesting to watch is how dark the sky becomes. Stars which you didn’t see earlier in the night will begin to appear as a “second night” develops.
  • 3:07am: Total eclipse begins. This is when the moon’s disk is completely within the umbra. If you were standing on the moon, the sun would be completely blacked out by the Earth. From the Earth’s perspective, the moon will have a reddish-orange glow.
  • 3:46am: Mid-eclipse. The moon is in the middle of the umbra…the darkest part of the shadow. The moon will likely continue to take on a reddish-orange look but could be greyish, as well.
  • 4:25am: The total eclipse ends as the moon is completely out of the umbra and partial eclipse begins again.
  • 5:33am: Partial eclipse ends as the moon passes out of the penumbra shadow.

Read Detailed Blog Post from Eyewitness News Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo.

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