Don't Forget To Set Your Alarm For Wednesday's Lunar Eclipse
By Jessica Rawden 2012-11-27 22:57:26
If you live on the western seaboard, make sure you set your alarms early. Around 6:33 a.m. PT the Earth’s shadow will make the moon appear less bright in the sky. That’s right, folks, it may be a good night to get some early rest, because a lunar eclipse is expected to appear in the sky, and if you are any sort of science or natural wonder nerd, you might want to check it out.
An eclipse is not a super unusual event, occurring at least a couple of times a year, but catching one is a little more elusive. According to NBC News, Wednesday’s eclipse will feature the moon passing through the lightest part of the shadow cast by the Earth. It will dim the moon, but if you are a lunar eclipse aficionado, this won’t be the best one that’s ever occurred. Still, part of the fun is waking up to catch a sliver of the unusual, and if that’s your thing, the eclipse won’t lose its value, at all. Though the peak should occur at 6:33, you should be able to catch the eclipse for roughly a half hour.
Unfortunately, the eclipse won’t be visible on the Easter seaboard, so those living on coast will just have to be content with getting a little extra shut-eye. If you can stick it out for another couple of weeks, on December 13 and 14 there will be a Geminid Meteor Shower, which should be out of this world.