Last total lunar eclipse of 2011 happens this weekend; next one is in 3 years

The Los Angeles Times reports that the last total lunar eclipse of the year will take place on Saturday. The eclipse is the second one for 2011. The first one happened on June 15. After this Saturday, though, there won’t be another one until 2014.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the last total lunar eclipse of the year will take place on Saturday. The eclipse is the second one for 2011. The first one happened on June 15. After this Saturday, though, there won’t be another one until 2014.

 

The Los Angeles Times suggested, "You’ll have to wake up early to see it-NASA says a red shadow will start to fall across the moon at 4:45 a.m. PST. By 6:05 a.m. PST, the moon will be totally engulfed in red light."

 

The report went on to cite Dr. Tony Phillips who explained-in a statement released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration-that the lunar eclipse will appear red because "a delicate layer of dusty air surrounding our planet will redirect the light of the sun, filling the darkness behind Earth with a sunset-red glow."

 

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