How to Watch the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse


By: Jay Sikka

One of the problems about seeing the eclipse is where you live. All of North America, all of South America, and a few areas of Western Europe and Africa will be able to see a total eclipse. The European arc essentially goes up through Portugal and Spain, through a small part of France, encompasses all of the United Kingdom, and then continues on into the Scandinavian countries. Mauritania and Western Sahara will be the only African countries to see the total eclipse.

The Eclipse will start around 10:36 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, January 20. This is called the penumbral eclipse, and involves a slight darkening of the moon’s surface in preparation for the rest of the total eclipse. The first portion of the partial eclipse phase will begin less than an hour later, at 11:33 p.m. The total eclipse phase will begin at 12:41 a.m. on January 21.

You won’t need special glasses to view the moon, as you may have had to view the sun.

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