Tomorrow, December 10, 2011, will be the last eclipse of the moon for this year. It’s a total eclipse.

It will be seen from Alaska, northern Canada, Australia, New Zealand, central Asia and eastern Asia. Viewers in most of North America and Hawaii will see the moonset still in eclipse. The best place to view it will be Central and eastern Asia.

In Paradelle and other spots on the east coast, you will not see the start of the umbral eclipse before moonset.

People on the west coast of the United States and Canada will see the beginning of totality just as the moon disappears below the western horizon. Though they won’t see the full lunar eclipse (the moon will be setting Saturday morning as the eclipse is occurring) but when it’s low on the horizon, it can appear significantly larger than when it’s high in the sky. So, the reddening moon could be quite a sight. (The color comes from the way light scatters in the atmosphere.) Check it out from about 4:45 a.m. PST.

I won’t be able to view this one live, so my next chance is will be overnight April 14 and 15, 2014. That one will be visible all through its phases throughout the Americas.

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