The ABC is very excited about tomorrow evening’s partial lunar eclipse being touted as a spectacular blood moon.
The ABC, however, when faced with gushing astronomers are much like Charlie Brown constantly having the ball whipped away. How many times have they talked us into staring into cold skies at 4am to see nothing at all?
This eclipse will be visible for observers in North and South America and to a lesser extent Northern Europe and North Eastern Asia (mainly Japan and surrounding areas) only. Oh, and the great emptiness of the Pacific Ocean will have a great view!
According to the official NASA event information, probably the best place to see the eclipse will be Southern California, but unlike a solar eclipse, anyone who can see the moon while it is in eclipse will have as good a view as anyone else.
Here in Australia, the moon will rise on the evening of December 21st in the very last stages of eclipse; observers may notice a reddish tinge on the upper left portion in the few minutes after it rises. After that, the eclipse is done.
The early hours of 16 June 2011, however, is promised to be a bell ringer. Heard that before.
UPDATE: Sunset tonight is 20:17, followed by full moon rise at 20:22. Quite the conjunction.
(A solstice lunar eclipse should have the witches out though, so keep an eye out)