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Don't wait! Live lunar eclipse stream has started

October 18, 2013|By Geoffrey Mohan

The penumbral lunar eclipse has started and is visible on a live stream courtesy of Slooh, a community observatory that makes live images available to the broader public.

The live stream offers a bit of solace to U.S. West Coast residents who will have only about a 20-minute window to catch the subtle shading of the moon as it passes through Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra.

The moon will pass deepest into the penumbral shadow at 4:50 p.m. PDT, well before sunset on the West Coast. And moonrise here isn't until about 6:05 p.m. PDT.

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Although the eclipse will end at 6:52 p.m., for the last half-hour, its effect probably will be too feeble to detect, said Anthony Cook, who heads the telescope program at Griffith Observatory.

"It is a subtle eclipse to begin with," Cook said. "Even if you were in the ideal place to look at it, it would just look like the moon was a little darker than usual. Most people wouldn't notice it if they were not alerted to it ahead of time."

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