Skip to comments.Total lunar eclipse on tap for early Saturday (early 12/10/11, 4:45am w/total at 6:05am PT)
Posted on 12/09/2011 10:16:44 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Early risers Saturday will see a total eclipse of the moon low in the western sky, and if the Bay Area's clear weather persists, the sight should be spectacular.
"The full moon should appear even larger than normal when the eclipse is total because it will be so low in the sky that Earth's atmosphere will magnify it into a blood-red monster," said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Alto Hills.
The partial eclipse will begin at 4:45 a.m. and will become total at 6:05 a.m., Fraknoi said. Totality will last until 6:57 a.m.
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NASA Eclipse Web Site
NASA Eclipse Web Site
According to the Wiki
totality will be at 6:32 a.m. PST as the moon is setting on the water.
More info here.
The next eclipse for the USA is April 15, 2014.
The good news is that the umbra will be visible in Umbria.
Hopefully during the first year of the second term of the President elected in November 2012.
Looks like there will be an annular eclipse next year on May 20, 2012.
The next eclipse after that, a partial one, will be October 23, 2014.
After that no eclipses until the date you mention.
Thanks gargoyle. An “extra, extra” ping to a couple of relevant lists.
I awoke at 6 am and caught it as it hit full effect.. now we can nap until 2014 for the next one. ;-)
If nature hadn’t called me, I’da missed it. I could watch it laying in the bed, the dogs and wife snoring thru it all.
Thanks for all the links!
HaPPY Holidays to ALL!
Sky-watchers get rare treat: total lunar eclipse
Frederic Larson / Special to The Chronicle
Early risers on the west coast got to see a total lunar eclipse Saturday morning 12/10
as it set over the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
I plan to sleep through this one, but, will try to be up for the Geminids on the 11th/12th. The Moon will be terrible, but, if you go out and look, you might just see some very nice meteors.
Astronomy is fun, but, too much of it happens after my bedtime!
Well, I don’t know. Sure looks like the north tower to me.
Better check, I think the peak is 13-14
I was up at 4:15, but had forgotten about it — but did notice it around 4:45 (”WTF?? I KNOW I saw a full moon before bed last night....”); only had a few minutes because shortly thereafter the moon set over the mountains to our west.
Even better. The Moon will be even smaller.
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