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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse

North America will experience a total lunar eclipse late Monday evening through early Tuesday morning, April 14-15. Check out these viewing tips from SETI Institute scientist Andrew Fraknoi:

In a lunar eclipse, the full Moon and the Sun are exactly opposite each other in our skies, and the Earth gets between them. This means that the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, darkening it.

Since the Moon is safe to look at, and eclipses make the Moon darker, there’s no danger in watching the eclipse with your eyes or a telescope. (The dangerous eclipse is the solar one, where it is the Sun that gets covered.) Lunar eclipses don’t require you to have fancy equipment or to go to a dark location. Bring binoculars to see the Moon larger, but just your eyes are fine.

Will you be watching?

Source: SETI Institute

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