Lunar Eclipse (Tuesday, August 28th)
Early Tuesday morning, August 28th, there's going to be a colorful lunar eclipse, visible from Australia
and most of the Americas, but not from Africa
Pacific observers are favored.
On the west coast
of the United States, the entire eclipse will unfold high in the post-midnight sky. On the east coast
, totality will be truncated by sunrise.
The event begins 54 minutes past midnight PDT (0754 UT) on August 28th when the Moon enters Earth's shadow. At first, there's little change. The outskirts of Earth's shadow are as pale as the Moon itself; an onlooker might not even realize anything is happening. But as the Moon penetrates deeper, a startling metamorphosis occurs. Around 2:52 am PDT (0952 UT), the color of the Moon changes from moondust-gray to sunset-red. This is totality, and it lasts for 90 minutes.
MORE: NASA - Dreamy Lunar Eclipse
AND: NASA - Eclipse Home Page