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Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

If you haven't heard by now a total lunar eclipse is taking place.  If you're up between 1 and 4:30 AM tonight, look to the sky.

If you've never witnessed a lunar eclipse, it will be slow to evolve, taking over three hours for the earth's shadow to pass through the moon.  The best time for viewing will be from 2:06 AM to 3:25 AM.  That's where the moon will be totally eclipsed by the earth's shadow and brilliant hues of red/orange will be able to be viewed.

It is completely safe to view with the naked eye and it looks like we'll have our chance with clouds clearing out tonight.  Temperatures will be in the 20s, so if you are headed out to take a peak you'll want the jacket.

Although tonight's show will be by far the best, two other lunar eclipses will take place within the next year.  So if you can't make it out to see tonight's lunar eclipse, don't worry. 

  • October 8th, 2014:  Locally, partial viewing near moonset.
  • April 4th, 2015:  Locally, partial viewing near moonset.

More details on tonight's eclipse can be found here.

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