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The penumbral eclipse, when the moon is fully immersed in Earth’s penumbral cone without touching the umbra, the inner part of Earth’s shadow, is expected to begin just after 6:32 p.m. PT on Sunday, according to NASA.
The penumbral eclipse darkens only part of the moon.
If you would like to see the phenomenon outdoors with your loved ones, the Griffith Observatory will be open to the public on Sunday evening for an on-site public tour.
“It really is an eclipse for the Americas,” said NASA’s Noah Petro, a planetary geologist who specializes in the moon. “It’s going to be a treat.”
All you need, he noted, is “patience and eyeballs.”
It’s true! You also don’t need a telescope to see the lunar eclipse. All you have to do is step outside and look southeast after moonrise around 7:41 p.m.
The moon’s appearance changes during an eclipse, and it’s worth looking at several times during the night.
A total eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun and casts a shadow over our constant cosmic companion. The moon will be 225,000 miles (362,000 kilometers) away at the height of the eclipse – around midnight on the east coast of the United States.
“It’s this gradual, slow, wondrous event that, as long as it’s clear where you are, you can see it,” Petro said.
There will be another long total lunar eclipse in November, with Africa and Europe lucky again, but the Americas not. Then the next one isn’t until 2025.
Launched last fall, NASA’s asteroid-hunting Lucy spacecraft will photograph this weekend’s event from 64 million miles (103 million kilometers), as ground controllers continue efforts to fix a loose solar panel.
NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, geologist, plans to set her alarm clock early aboard the International Space Station.
“Hopefully we can be up in time and in the right place at the right time to get a good look,” she told The Associated Press earlier this week.
The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.
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