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Apr 14, 2014 12:26 PM by Stephen Bowers

Sky Clears For Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

After this morning's snow and cloud cover, the sky will clear just in time for optimal viewing of tonight's lunar eclipse. The image below is from NASA and shows the times (in Eastern Daylight Time) for various phases of the eclipse. To obtain Colorado's Mountain Daylight Time, just subtract two hours. That means the eclipse begins at 11:58 PM in Colorado, and the total eclipse begins at 1:07 AM. 

As light from the sun travels through the outer edges of Earth's atmosphere, the atmosphere will filter out the red light, which will reflect off the moon. That is what will give the moon a rusty red color (and it also is what makes the sky red during sunset). 

Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are NOT dangerous to view. You can watch with you telescope, binoculars, or even with your bare eyes. You do not need to any special equipment to watch, but be sure to dress warmly. Temperatures near midnight will be in the upper 20's and lower 30's and cooling quickly into the lower 20's by the end of the eclipse just before 5 AM. 


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