Lunar eclipse tonight

Diagram of a lunar eclipse: Illustration NASA
Diagram of a lunar eclipse: Illustration NASA

The Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon today, casting its shadow over the Moon and creating a total lunar eclipse.

The Moon starts to enter the Earth's shadow at 3:18 pm Eastern Time (US). It is fully in shadow from 5:44 pm to 6:57 pm, and then slowly leaves the shadow until it is clear at 9:24 pm.

Eclipse times in other US time zones:

Time Zone (US) Partial eclipse begins Total eclipse begins Total eclipse ends Partial eclipse ends
Eastern 3:18 pm 5:44 pm 6:57 pm 9:24 pm
Central 2:18 pm 4:44 pm 5:57 pm 8:24 pm
Mountain 1:18 pm 3:44 pm 4:57 pm 7:24 pm
Western 12:18 pm 2:44 pm 3:57 pm 6:24 pm

Photo of the Moon during a total eclipse in 2003: Photo NASA

In St. Paul, the Moon will rise tonight at 5:59 pm -- just after the total eclipse phase has ended. You can watch the Moon slowly emerge from the Earth's shadow. (Ancient astronomers watching lunar eclipses noticed that the Earth's shadow was always round -- thus proving that the Earth is round, too.)

To find out when the moon rises and sets in your town today, go to this site.

Note: it is perfectly safe to watch a lunar eclipse with your naked eye. All you are seeing is sunlight bouncing off the Moon's surface. It is no more dangerous than staring at a Full Moon. However, you must never look directly at the Sun, as during a solar eclipse. You can seriously damage your eyes.

To learn more about lunar eclipses, check out Wikipedia or NASA,

The last total eclipse was three years ago; the next will be later this year, on August 28.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Gene's picture
Gene says:

If you missed the eclipse, you can catch the photo pool on flickr.

posted on Mon, 03/26/2007 - 5:35pm
Trina's picture
Trina says:

I missed the total eclipse. And I really wanted to see it but it was too cloudy. If I can see a picture of it, it would make my day.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 11:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Me too.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 1:59pm
Shayne's picture
Shayne says:

me three

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 3:46pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Just wait five months -- there will be another lunar eclipse on August 28, 2007.

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 9:06pm

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