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Lunar eclipse tonight

Weather permitting, a good chunk of the populated parts of the planet — South America, most of North America, Western Europe, extreme Western Africa and part of Antarctica — will have a good view of tonight's total eclipse of the moon. The moon will rise in total eclipse for remainder of North America and another part of Antarctica. The moon will set in total eclipse for the rest of Europe, another half of Africa, extreme Western Asia and a third part of Antarctica. Only China, Australia and environs (including the fourth and last bit of Antarctica) will pretty much see nothing [via my long-time favorite home page].

Go outside tonight and see the total lunar eclipse. Tonight's eclipse is easy and convenient for much of the world to see. Anyone who can spot a full Moon can see it fade out as the Earth's shadow engulfs it. No protective glasses or expensive telescopes are needed, just a little moxie. The above illustration shows how the eclipse will appear across the Earth. The total lunar eclipse starts at 9:14 pm Eastern Daylight Time, equivalent to 1:14 am UT in the morning for sky enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. From the moment the first part of the Moon disappears to the moment that the last part of the Moon reappears will be 3 hours and 40 minutes. For those unfortunate enough to suffer clouds, the eclipse can also be followed over several live webcasts.

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