Lunar Eclipse Wednesday to Have Easy Viewing Hours

John Roach

for National Geographic News

October 21, 2004

“Just in time for the Halloween season, the moon Wednesday will treat us to its most famous trick: changing from bright white to reddish as it passes deeply through Earth’s shadow.

This will be the last total lunar eclipse until March 3, 2007, and the last eclipse that will be easily viewed throughout the entire continental U.S. until February 21, 2008.

‘For North America, this particular eclipse I refer to as the prime-time eclipse,’ said Fred Espenak, an eclipse expert at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. ‘It’s ideally suited for casual observing.’ ”

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