Blood Moon Part 2 - Your Viewing Guide To Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 - 12:05PM
Astronomy
Moon
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 - 12:05PM
Blood Moon Part 2 - Your Viewing Guide To Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

This year has been a veritable feast for skywatchers. We've already had a Supermoon, a Mars Opposition and a Blood Moon, and now 2014 is going to serve up something incredibly rare....a second chance! If you missed the blood moon from earlier this year, tonight represents your second bite at the cherry.

 

Here's how you can see the second coming of this spectacular Lunar Eclipse.

 

(Sky and Telescope Magazine)

 

Where you are in the world will obviously dictate when this spectacular event is visible, but as far as North America goes, the show starts at approximately 5:14 am EDT when the moon enters partial eclipse. After a little over an hour of travelling th, at 6:24am, the moon will become totally eclipsed for an entire hour. At this stage, light from the sun reacts with Earth's atmosphere before hitting the moon, an interaction that causes the moon to appear in a number of different shades from dark brown to a fiery red.

 

(Credit: Accuweather)

 

Of course, if you are going to witness the moon in all its fiery glory, one of the most important things you will need is a clear sky. Viewing conditions are forecast to be varied across the country, with the Northeast and Southwest expected to have poor visibility Midwest and Southeast benefiting from largely clear skies. The image above is merely a guide, be sure to check your hourly forecasts before you go to bed, because even if the skies are forecast to be partly cloudy, there's still a chance you'll catch the moon at some point during its 59 minute total eclipse.

 

 

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