Total Lunar Eclipse

Waimea, Hawaii—Hawaii Fans of Keck Observatory are in prime position to view a total lunar eclipse tonight—one of two expected this year.

After the full moon rises at sunset, the eclipse will begin just 11 minutes later, at 6:53 pm HST. The partial phase will begin at about 7:53 pm making the moon appear red or black depending on atmospheric conditions, as the moon travels into the shadow of Earth. The total eclipse starts at 9:07 pm, at this rare juxtaposition between the Sun, Earth and Moon, at which point the moon will be very dark. At 10:25, the moon will leave the shadow of the Earth and begin to lighten.

The gusty trade winds are bringing drier than normal air and quickly blowing away most clouds, increasing the chance of good viewing. Leeward locations are best.

The next total lunar eclipse will come on the evening of October 7th, with the partial phase starting at 11:14 pm HST and the total eclipse at 12:25 am on October 8th.

Check out this great video by Michael Zeiler for more information about the ecslipe: http://bit.ly/1hyML4m

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HIRESR and NIRSPEC are the instruments tonight. Observers are from CIT and CIT. Sun set 06:56:00pm rise 05:41:00am
Tonight's schedule is MOSFIRE on Keck 1 and NIRSPEC on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCLA and CIT. Sun set 06:56:00pm rise 05:42:00am
Watch tonight! We don't know what they are going to say, but think this is an issue we should all weight in on. bit.ly/1PcefIJ
The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and NIRSPEC. Our observers from UCLA and CIT are also ready. Sun set 06:55:00pm rise 05:42:00am
Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with UCLA observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for KECK observers. Sun set 06:55:00pm rise 05:43:00am