Lunar Eclipse: October 8, 2014

On Wednesday, October 8th we (in California along with other parts of the world) will be able to witness a total lunar eclipse.

What is a Total Lunar Eclipse?

This particular type of eclipse is when the moon passes through the Umbra–the shadow of the Earth–preventing direct sunlight from hitting it. It is referred to as a “Blood Moon” due to its red hue, as we view it through our atmosphere.

(NASA)

When to View:

The total event will last from around 1am-6:30am, with the main (full) eclipse lasting from about 3:30am-4:30am.

Places to View: 

While you can view the eclipse from your backyard, we’ve included some places that are a bit of a drive if you’re up for the adventure:

Black Star Canyon, Orange

Top of the World, Laguna Beach

Joshua Tree

Salton Sea

Gadgets You’ll Need:

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For a better viewing experience without the extreme cost of a telescope, we recommend a pair of binoculars with a large aperture and small magnification…

tripod

…and a tripod for extended viewing.

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