Lunar Eclipse Tonight: The Times & Tips On When To Take A Peek!

Have you ever seen a total lunar eclipse? It is an incredible site that occurs when the Earth is directly between the moon and the sun. Once the eclipse occurs, the moon turns a glowing orange-red for just over an hour. We wanted to share the details with you all, as this is something older children would most likely want to be a part of. It is also the last time a lunar eclipse will be visible in North America, until April 2014 and the very first time a lunar eclipse has fallen on the winter solstice since 1638!

At 1:32 am EST (10:32 PST), the earth’s shadow will just begin to blog out the moon, once the Earth is directly in position between the moon and sun, the eclipse will last approximately 72 minutes from 2:41 am to 3:53 am EST (11:41 pm to 12:53 am PST).

BBC UK reports that those in the UK and Europe will be able to watch from 0741 GMT on Tuesday (0241 EST on Tuesday; 11:41 PST on Monday).

“Western Europe will only see the start of the spectacle while western Asia will catch the tail end. ”

“It’s perfectly placed so that all of North America can see it,” said eclipse expert Fred Espenak of Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Of course, most families don’t want to sit outside in the frigid temperatures for hours, so if you just want to take a quick peek, set your alarm to 3:00 am EST and look outside around 3:17 am, when the moon will be displaying its very best coppery red hue. NASA will also be streaming live video footage of tonight’s lunar eclipse.

With the hype surround the eclipse, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 billion people around the world will be out watching tonight!

Photo Credit: NASA