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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UCLA observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCI/UCB observers will work with NIRC2-LGS/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 05:59:00pm rise 06:12:00am
Observers from UCR will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:12:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCR observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have Swinburne observers using ESI. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:11:00am
CIT observers will use LRISP-ADC on Keck 1, and UCSC observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:01:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and Swinburne, using LRISP-ADC and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:02:00pm rise 06:10:00am