Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Image depicting 3 stages of a lunar eclipse.

Eclipse Viewing Information by Dr. Lisa Will, the Fleet's resident Astronomer

Night owl alert! We San Diegans should have a spectacular view of tonight's lunar eclipse if the clouds/marine layer stay away. The full moon will start passing into the darkest part of the Earth's shadow around 11 p.m. tonight. The total eclipse will begin around midnight and last until 1:30 a.m. The moon will fall completely out of the Earth's shadow around 3 a.m.

The moon will reach totality when it is high in our sky. You don't need special equipment or a special location to witness this event.

Happy viewing!

(Photo: 2010 lunar eclipse montage by Conrad Jung, Chabot Space and Science Center)