Lunar Eclipse: When to Watch Wednesday

Early Wednesday morning you can catch the last eclipse of the year.

It’s your last chance to get in an eclipse if it’s on your 2012 to-do list.

A penumbral lunar eclipse will begin at 4:14 a.m. PST and end at 8:51 a.m. PST, according to timeanddate.com

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon falls under the dim edge, or penumbra, of the Earth's shadow, instead of the main part of the shadow called the umbra. As a result, the moon's face grows a bit dimmer instead of showing a clearly defined disc moving across it as can be seen in a regular lunar eclipse.

“The start of the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye,” said timeanddate.com. “For about 30 minutes before and after the eclipse’s maximum, a light grey shading will be seen along the moon’s northern limb.”

For viewing in South Orange County, local astrologer Donna Stelhorn recommends findind a spot where you can look west, out over the ocean.

If you want to watch live online, check out the space camera on Slooh.com, which will feature narration.


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