Tonight: Watch the Total Eclipse of the Moon

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr Shot by Fort Photo
Flickr Shot by Fort Photo

For the second time this year, the moon will be fully eclipsed by the earth’s shadow. Except this time, the West Coast will get ringside seats where before in March we were SOL and the other side of the earth got to see the show instead. HA ha!


The full eclipse will be visible across the United States, but East Coast viewers will only have about a half-hour to see it before the sun begins to rise and the moon sets. Skywatchers in the West will get the full show.

The eclipse starts at 1:51 am (PST) tonight and lasts for three hours and 33 minutes, reaching totality at about 2:52 am (PST) and ends at 4:22 am (PST) — a period much longer than the typical eclipse. I know, it’s a school night but maybe you might want to set your alarm clock so that you can catch a glimpse of this blood red moon, the deepest and longest in seven years.

You can watch this eclipse with the naked eye but a set of low magnification (7×35 or 7×50) binoculars will allow you to see the red coloration more vividly.

If you miss this show, there’s another eclipse coming on February 28.

EVENT: TONIGHT at 1:51am