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Lunar Eclipse Tonight

I’ve had several of you ask about the lunar eclipse coming tonight. Just keep in mind that it actually peaks very early in the morning, so you may need to set an alarm clock. If you miss this one, you can catch the next one in 2025. Lunar eclipses come around rather regularly. Having to wait three years to see the next one is the longest I can ever remember having to wait to see one.

The moon turns red as it passes through Earth’s shadow. That reflection is bascially all of earth’s sunrises and sunsets being reflected on the moon. It can look quite stunning!

Below are the times of the eclipse late tonight/early tomorrow morning. Totality occurs around 5:00 a.m.

TimePhaseEventDirectionAltitude
2:02 Penumbral Eclipse begins. The Earth’s penumbra start touching the Moon’s face.Map direction West-southwest250°49.3°
3:09 Partial Eclipse begins. Partial moon eclipse starts – moon is getting red.Map direction West263°36.5°
4:16 Total Eclipse begins. Total moon eclipse starts – completely red moon.Map direction West273°23.4°
4:59 Maximum Eclipse. Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.Map direction West279°15.2°
5:41 Total moon eclipse ends.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-northwest.
Map direction West-northwest285°7.2°

Enjoy!

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