April 25, 2013 |
A partial lunar eclipse will occur Thursday and you can watch it live, right here, beginning at noon Pacific time. But, be forewarned: This lunar eclipse, the first of 2013, is expected to be spectacularly unspectacular. NASA describes it as a " barely partial eclipse " because less than 1.5% of the moon will be darkened by Earth's shadow. Also, the eclipse will last for just 27 minutes, making it one of the shortest lunar eclipses of the century. Unfortunately, my fellow North Americans won't be able to see this short and subtle eclipse by looking up at the night sky because it takes place during our daylight hours when the moon is less visible.
November 27, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Sky watchers, it is time to look up once again, and watch the moon very, very carefully. A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur early Wednesday morning, but it will be subtle. Unlike a total lunar eclipse, when the moon passes behind the dark center of the earth's shadow, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the hazy outer edge of the earth's shadow, called the penumbra. During a penumbral eclipse, the moon doesn't so much black out completely as darken subtly, but noticeably, if you are paying attention. Quiz: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
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December 11, 2011 |
The paparazzi staked out a spot in the Hollywood Hills before dawn. The western sky was the red carpet, the moon the day's celebrity. That was the scene early Saturday at the Griffith Observatory, where several hundred people gathered in the dark with binoculars, cameras and telescopes to watch a total lunar eclipse — the last one until 2014. "It's a celestial festival out here," Capm Petersen, 39, said as he set up his camera before the big event. The crowd began gathering on the observatory's lawn shortly after 4 a.m. in anticipation of "totality" — the moment when the Earth fully blocks the sun, leaving the moon in its shadow.
December 18, 2010 |
A total eclipse of the moon will be visible throughout North and Central America from 11:41 p.m. PST Monday until 12:53 a.m. Tuesday, the first such eclipse in almost three years. Weather permitting, observers will see the moon enter the Earth's inner shadow, or umbra, at 10:33 p.m., with a red-brown shadow creeping across the bright moon. This shadow has a curved edge, a fact that was taken as proof to at least some ancients that the Earth is round. The sky will get darker as the shadow progresses across the moon, and more stars will be visible as sunlight reflected from the moon fades.
March 4, 2007 |
The moon darkened, reddened, and turned shades of gray and orange during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world. The Earth's shadow took over six hours to crawl across the moon's surface, eating it into a crescent shape before engulfing it completely in a spectacle at least partly visible on every continent. The moon began moving out of Earth's shadow just after 5 p.m. PST. The eclipse ended a little more than an hour later.
March 3, 2007 |
The moon will turn shades of amber and crimson tonight as it passes behind Earth's shadow in the first total lunar eclipse in three years. The eclipse will be at least partly visible from Asia to the Americas, although those in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will have the best view. Earth's shadow will begin moving across the moon at 12:18 p.m. PST, with the total eclipse occurring at 2:44 p.m. PST and lasting more than an hour.