A total eclipse of the moon will be able to be seen all the way through North and Central America from 11:41 p.m. PST Monday, December 19 until 12:53 a.m. Tuesday, the first such eclipse in approximately three years.
Weather allowing spectators will observe the moon go into the Earth’s internal shade, or umbra, at 10:33 p.m., with a red-brown shade moving stealthily across the brilliant moon. This shade has a bent frame, a reality that was in use as evidence to no less than several ancients that the Earth is in a circle. The sky will find darker as the shade developments across the moon, and further stars will be able to be seen as sunlight reflected from the moon becomes paler.
The entire stage of the eclipse will end 72 minutes, after that the moon will start to come out from the umbra, upcoming completely out of the internal shade at 2:01 a.m.
Different throughout an entire solar eclipse, when the sun is concealed, in a lunar eclipse the moon seldom comes out black. For the reason that of sunrises and sunsets throughout the world those disperse and refract light from the sun, the moon usually comes out brilliant and coppery orange, or else occasionally brown or dark red-black, depending on how much contamination is in the atmosphere.
February 20, 2008 was the latest total eclipse of the moon on the night.
A lunar eclipse is able to be observed from wherever on the surface of the Earth facing the moon at the time different to a solar eclipse, which can commonly be observed from choose places on the surface of the Earth.
The subsequently lunar eclipse is on June 15, 2011, however North America will be facing the incorrect way. One more eclipse, on Dec. 10, 2011, will be disrupted by moonset and sunrise.
The next total lunar eclipse for the whole continent does not happen until April 14-15, 2014, a strangely long wait.
For those coming across bad weather NASA will be hosting Web chats concerning the eclipse and showing it live at http://www/nasa.gov/watchheskies.