A total lunar eclipse is a magical event to witness and our next chance comes on the night of January 20/21. An eclipse is a result of the perfect line-up of the sun, earth and moon. This does not occur every month as our moon has a slight incline in its orbit that often misses earth’s shadow.
In contrast to a solar eclipse where the moon blocks the sun and special filters are a must for safety reasons, a lunar eclipse is simply the full moon sliding into our planet’s large shadow. During totality the lunar surface turns a copper orange due to sunlight refracting or passing through our atmosphere much like those hot summer sunsets on earth.
Weather permitting, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum along with the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have telescopes set up at the Aviation Museum on January 20 starting around 10:30 p.m. This is a free outdoor event.
Eastern Time Zone
Partial eclipse begins: 10:34 p.m. (January 20) The moon begins to enter the shadow.
Total eclipse begins: 11:41 p.m. (January 20)
Mid eclipse: 12:12 a.m. (January 21)
Total eclipse ends: 12:43 a.m. (January 21)
Partial eclipse ends: 1:51 a.m. (January 21) The moon completely exits the shadow.
Source and Photo Credit: Gary Boyle