Lunar Eclipse Tonight: What Time?

What time will I be able to see the full lunar eclipse on the sky?

Tonight is the winter solstice. A full moon will sit high in the sky. And there will be a full moon lunar eclipse.

Lunar eclipses happen when the Earth, sun and moon all line up together, and the Earth "bends" some of the sun's light, which illuminates the moon.

The lunar eclipse is expected to transform the rising moon into a glowing pinkish-red orb tonight and astronomers said air pollution will contribute to the color change.

Can anyone let me know the time the eclipse starts?

asked by William in Astronomy & Space | 3534 views | 12-20-2010 at 05:26 PM

The best viewing for the total lunar eclipse is expected to be in North America. It will hit at 2:41 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday (or 11:41 p.m. Pacific Time tonight).

The eclipse will reach full strength at 12:17 p.m. out west and 3:17 a.m. in the east. Across the country, the time zones add an hour as they move east.

Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which is only visible to those in the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can usually be observed from one's own backyard.

Around the time of the total eclipse, the moon is going to appear to light up like a coppery orange ball, and the reason for that is that the sunlight is going to be strained through the Earth's atmosphere.

answered by Joshua | 12-20-2010 at 05:27 PM

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