Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday

 

Click image to get a really good video explanation of what to expect with tomorrow’s total lunar eclipse.

Unfortunately, we aren’t in a good spot to view Saturday morning’s eclipse.  At moon set, 7:07 a.m., we’ll see a partial eclipse but won’t get the full view because we are on the edge of moon falling into the earth’s shadow.

Saturday morning will also have some thick clouds, especially south of I-10, which will prevent us from seeing even the partial view we’ll have.  If you are reading this and live on the west coast or Hawaii, get up early because our next total lunar eclipse won’t be until April 15, 2014. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by: Loyd Overcash
The lunar eclipse seen from Houston on October 27, 2004.

Two of the really cool things about a total lunar eclipse is the moon appears a blood red or copperish orange.  It will also appear bigger than it actually is in what is called a “moon illusion.”  Low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.  In fact, a low moon is no wider than any other moon (cameras prove it), but the human brain insists otherwise. To observers in the western USA, therefore, the eclipse will appear super-sized.

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