Tonight is a total lunar eclipse, starting around 11pm, with totality around midnight. There’s a great description of it by Brian Webb’s Launch Alert newsletter below.


Brian Webb, Ventura County, California •
2014 April 13 (Sunday) 11:28 PDT


by Brian Webb

If the weather cooperates, observers in the Southwest and beyond will
be well situated to see a total lunar eclipse on the night of April

As seen from California, the Moon will be well above the horizon for
the entire event.

The circumstances of the eclipse are as follows:

Event / Time (PDT)
Partial eclipse begins / 10:58 p.m.
Totality begins / 12:06 a.m.
Maximum eclipse / 12:45 a.m.
Totality ends / 1:24 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends / 2:33 a.m.

All you will need to see the event are the unaided eye and perhaps a
reclining chair. For the best view, use tripod-mounted binoculars or a
small telescope at low magnification.

Throughout the night, the Moon will be accompanied by Mars. The
orange-red planet will be shining brightly about 9 degrees to the
Moon’s upper right at maximum eclipse. Although the two objects will
appear to be relatively close, Mars will actually be some 57 million
miles behind the Moon.


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