Total Lunar Eclipse

Total lunar eclipses occur twice a year, but they aren’t visible everywhere on Earth at the same time.

Of course, Canadians will only be able to see the celestial phenomenon if they can pull themselves out of bed — the year’s first eclipse will begin just before 2 a.m. EDT on Tuesday morning and will offer ideal viewing for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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  1. DC says:

    Andrew Fazekas, a spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says North America hasn’t seen a total lunar eclipse since 2011.

    “We’ve actually had this cosmic dry spell that we’ve been under that’s lasted over two and a half years now,” he said in a recent interview.

    Fazekas noted that North America has been out of luck while Asia and Africa have had their share of such eclipses.

    Where and when to watch Total #LunarEclipse TONIGHT. Viewer’s guides (maps/videos/links) here: thenightskyguy.com—
    Andrew Fazekas (@thenightskyguy) April 14, 2014
    “So we finally break that spell with this really beautiful total lunar eclipse where the full moon will turn an orangey-red in colour in the overnight period Monday night into Tuesday, April 14th to the 15th.”

    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the Earth and the moon are in perfect alignment so that the Earth’s shadow completely covers the surface of the moon.

    “You can see this one — even within city limits — just using your eyes,” Fazekas explained.

    “You don’t need binoculars and it’s totally safe to see a lunar eclipse. It’s not like a solar eclipse — you can watch it with your naked eyes.”

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