Hi everyone, there's a fantastic partial lunar eclipse that begins at
11:18 p.m. Pacific tomorrow night! It will reach its partial maximum
(just barely not total) maximum two hours later at 1:02 am Friday
morning and the partial eclipse ends at 3:47 am. An hour before and
after this span is the subtle and fainter penumbral eclipse, when
Earth's penumbral shadow starts touching the Moon's face. It looks like
we will have some cloud cover here in the LA area, but hopefully, not
enough to stop you from staying up or setting your alarm to step outside
to view, sketch or photograph some part of the eclipse. You can find
more info, and can switch locations outside southern CA here.
Your sidewalk astronomers will not be out on the corner this late at
night, but we'll be hopefully enjoying the eclipse at home just like you!
This eclipse will look very much like the (most recent) May 2021 total
lunar eclipse - view it here if you want to see how close to full
tomorrow's partial eclipse is - it is a great comparison.
Hopefully you'll be able to notice (tomorrow night) the lower edge of
the moon remains much brighter than the deep red or ochre hue we can
expect across the rest of the moon's face, as shown below.
Tips from astronomer David: "You can view the lunar eclipse with your
bare eyes or a pair of binoculars from anyplace where the Moon is
visible. Unlike a solar eclipse, no precautions are needed, just find
the Moon shortly before the eclipse starts, and enjoy the show! It will
be most apparent that something is happening between 11:15 PM to 2:45 AM"
For those not in our time zone, find your location, maps and tips here:
Time and date - watch the whole animation here
video on timeanddate.com
Total Lunar Eclipse montage courtesy of David Hasenauer
Here are a few of my favorite resources:
What's Up: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatching/home/
Jane and the Old Town Sidewalk Astronmers
Jane Houston Jones, retired JPLer
Twitter: @jhjones @otastro