December 17, 2013

Lunar Eclipses

Photo from total lunar eclipse on 2/20/2008
If you are looking for an intriguing hands-on astronomy study, lunar eclipses are absolutely fascinating. We were able to get some photos of the total lunar eclipse in February of 2008. Why is it always freezing when we attempt to view an eclipse anyway?

About two-thirds of lunar eclipses are able to be seen with the naked eye, depending on where you live. This makes them really fun to study. The next total lunar eclipse is expected on April 15, 2014. Check out the NASA Eclipse Website for information.

Here are some informative lunar eclipse links:

Technical Information at NASA

Lunar Eclipses for Beginners at

Observe a Lunar Eclipse (animation)

Lunar Eclipse (another animation)

Old post published on 12/20/10

There is a lunar eclipse tonight (or early tomorrow morning depending on your time zone) that will be best viewed in North America. The eclipse will begin at 5:29 UT (12:29 a.m. EST on 12/21/10 and 9:29 p.m. PST on 12/20/10).

Here are some links about the upcoming eclipse:

Holiday Treat: December's Total Lunar Eclipse Is Best One Until 2014

December 21 Lunar Eclipse at - includes diagrams of the eclipse for each time zone

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