Total Lunar Eclipse Replay: Saturday’s Lunar Visible From West Coast
The heavens are providing a treat this weekend, but you’ll have to be quick to catch it.
Weather permitting, sky gazers along North America’s West Coast can enjoy a total lunar eclipse — the shortest of the century — in the predawn hours Saturday.
Scientists expect totality, when the full moon is completely obscured by Earth’s shadow, to last barely five minutes, beginning at 4:58 a.m. PDT. Most of the eclipsed moon will appear reddish-orange, the reason it is sometimes called a ‘blood moon.’
Sunrise on Saturday is not until 6:50 a.m. Current forecast calls for mostly clear skies over the Bay Area.
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will provide a live feed from its telescope starting at 3 a.m. PDT on Saturday, at www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
The eclipse will be visible Saturday night from Australia and parts of Asia, and deep at night from Hawaii and New Zealand.
In the Midwest, the moon will be close to setting and the sun rising around totality. The eastern half of North America will miss out on the total phase.
This eclipse marks the third in a tetrad — four consecutive total lunar eclipses not separated by a partial eclipse. The first in the series occurred on April 15, 2014, the second in September of 2014, and the final will be Sept. 28, 2015. It is the second of eight tetrads that will occur in the current century, NASA said.