A lunar eclipse will be well placed for North American observers on January 20, 2019. Everywhere in North America except Hawaii will see the entire eclipse from start to finish.
This is caused by Earth eclipsing the Sun from the surface of the Moon as it enters Earth’s Shadow. Because our atmosphere refracts and scatters sunlight, the Moon does not go completely dark, instead we see familiar red and orange light being projected, giving us the familiar “Blood Moon” appearance.
Lunar eclipses feel more common than solar because the entire night side of Earth can watch it as it happens. This particular eclipse is well placed for North America, but the extreme northern and western edges of Europe and Africa, and parts of eastern Russia will also have a good show.
So… What Time Is the Eclipse?!
From North America, the further east you are, the later you will have to stay up to watch the eclipse. Those on the East Coast of North America will see the partial eclipse begin at 10:34 pm, totality (the blood moon) begins at 11:41 pm, and will last until 12:43 am.
From the West Coast, the times are much more comfortable, as the partial eclipse begins around 7:34 pm and totality goes from 8:41 pm to 9:43 pm. Even though this eclipse is on a Sunday night, I’m sure there are many eager children who would love to see this eclipse.
If you miss this one, there will be another lunar eclipse visible over North America in 2021.
What Should I Do To Watch it?
Don’t worry about needing to travel, all you need is an unobstructed view of the Moon. Binoculars or low powered telescopes are a plus, but no special equipment is necessary, just pull out a chair and look up at the Moon while the eclipse unfolds!
Orion Bear Astronomy will host a viewing party and an interactive live stream!
The viewing party location is still to be determined but will be hosted in Riverside, CA. If you choose to stay home, O.B.A. will also broadcast the eclipse through Facebook Live – while you don’t need an account to watch the stream, having one helps, especially for the interactive side of it. You can join us for the viewing party, watch the eclipse on Facebook live, or have the broadcast open and simply listen to the audio as you watch the eclipse from wherever you may be!
If Riverside is not your thing but you want a cool place to view the eclipse, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will usually host a viewing party event, but because the eclipse will happen during normal operating hours, expect the event to be super crowded! Their live streams are usually picked up by NASA and used for their feed.
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