Astro Bob’s Backyard Astronomy: An Election Day Eclipse
Wake up. See the eclipse. Have breakfast. Vote.
That’s Bob King’s plan for next Tuesday, November 8th. The lunar eclipse will be an hours-long event that can be seen through its various phases from the 2am hour until dawn. That's quite a commitment for most. "If you want to pick two peak times; the first would be right at 4am." This is the time that the moon will go from partially eclipsed to fully. "Or you can go to the other end of the eclipse when it's about to come out of total eclipse; and that would be at 5:30."
The moon can be seen in the western sky, and during the peak of the eclipse it will look red. "The shadow should be totally dark, but... sunlight streams past the earth, it's refracted or bent by the atmosphere and the reddened sunlight that makes it through falls into the dark shadow," says King.
All that's left is to hope for clear skies.