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December’s Eclipse a Prelude to May’s

Article Date: 
2 December, 2011 (All day)

 

Utahns watching the sky during the early morning hours of Saturday, December 10th will be treated to an eclipse of the Moon.

According to NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah Patrick Wiggins, “The dark, easily visible part of the eclipse will start about 5:45 a.m. MST when the Moon is low in the western sky.”

While this will be a total eclipse, Wiggins cautions that before totality arrives about 7:05 a.m. the Moon will probably have set for most Utahans and the brightening skies of approaching dawn will surely wash out the show for everyone else.

Those wishing to see all of totality will need to travel to the west coast but even there the morning dawn will interfere.    

Unlike eclipses of the Sun, which require special observing equipment, eclipses of the Moon can be viewed safely with no special equipment.

The last total eclipse of the Moon visible from Utah occurred in 2008.  The next one will occur in 2014.