Tonight will begin with a big, bright full moon, and by 12:32 am, the moon will begin to darken on the left side. The shadow will spread until it nearly …
For the first time in nearly three years, the sun, Earth and moon will align-with the Earth in the middle- in a total lunar eclipse.
The event is set to take place at 3:17 a.m. on Tuesday.
The full moon will pass through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the sun’s light. The totality phase- when the moon is entirely inside Earth’s shadow- will last about one hour.
People in some locations in the Tri-State area can get a glimpse of the eclipse. The best viewing areas are in North and Central America.
In northern New Jersey, the Meadowlands Commission’s McDowell Observatory in Lyndhurst will be open at 11:30 p.m. on Monday for visitors to view the eclipse from a 20-inch-diameter telescope.
The program will be canceled if the sky becomes cloudy. Weather updates are available by calling 201-460-8300.
NASA is doing its part to cover the eclipse with a live-chat, live-stream, Twitter feed, text messaging and photo upload page of the lunar eclipse: ‘WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN THE LUNAR ECLIPSE ARRIVES?’
The eclipse will last about three hours and 28 minutes, according to NASA.gov.
Astronomy buffs will have the opportunity to discuss the lunar eclipse with NASA scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center in two live Web chats. On Monday, Dec. 20 from 3-4 p.m. EST, Dr. Rob Suggs will answer questions. Astronomer Mitzi Adams answers questions from midnight to 5:00 a.m. EST. on Tuesday, according to NASA.gov.
The science agency is using Twitter to cover the eclipse. Use hash tag #eclipse and use @NASAJPL in your Tweets and they may appear in the live feed page.