- What we won't be seeing tonight. (NASA/Martin Pugh)
A glorious full eclipse of the moon occurs tonight. At 100 minutes, it’s the longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade. The hum on the dinger is that the ash and sulfur gas floating in the atmosphere from the Chilean volcano might cause the moon to glow like dark claret, a truly awesome spectacle as you can see in these photos from Spaceweather.
And the U.S. will miss out on all of it.
The way the moon is moving, it dodges North America completely. So while others across Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Antarctica and Australia are getting their eyeballs socked in by a vivid Blood Moon tonight, we in D.C. will just see stars and lightning-bug blips. (Whereas the moon will see this weird sight.) Sucks, right?
If you must be a part of this momentous astronomical event, then the Internet is willing to accommodate. The eclipse will be broadcast live at these two sites: Norway’s Astro Viten and Astronomy Live. Tune in at 1:24 p.m. EDT for the beginning or wait until around 4 p.m. for the full umbral.
In the meantime, here's a cool video of the partial eclipse of the sun on June 1, which U.S. citizens also missed out on: