The final total lunar eclipse for the next three years is set to take place this Saturday morning. It apparently will be pretty awesome for those on the west coast of the U.S., showing off some purdy deep reds, but I’m sure it won’t be disappointing on the east coast either.
It is scheduled to start at 1:45am EST and continue for a couple of hours. By 3:05am, the moon should be completely engulfed by Earth’s shadow.
I won’t be seeing tonight’s lunar eclipse due to the nice blanket of clouds overhead, but those fortunate enough to have clear skies should make an effort to have a look. It’s the first time it has happened in full on the Winter Solstice since 1638.
Here are the times:
Apologies for the lame post title.
I was walking down my semi-rural road this evening and noticed that I could see most of the way down it. The reason was that the moon was lighting my way rather efficiently. Using that as inspiration – and because the beginning of another semester brings a lot of work my way, thus making my posting skimpier – here is an image of a full lunar eclipse from February 20, 2008.
The next eclipse is scheduled for December 21, 2010.