Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 brings us the second total lunar eclipse of 2007. Those living in the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will be able to partake in at least some of this sky show.
The very best viewing region for viewing this eclipse will fall across the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and eastern Australia. All these places will be able to see the complete eclipse from start to finish.
Because some of the sunlight striking our planet is diffused and scattered by our atmosphere, the Earth's shadow is not entirely dark. Enough of this light reaches the moon to give it a faint orange or reddish glow even when it's totally eclipsed.
But from North America, the eclipse occurs during the early morning hours of Aug. 28.
Eclipse timetable for Aug. 28
|Moon enters penumbra||4:54a||3:54a||2:54a||1:54a||12:54a|
|Moon enters umbra||5:51a||4:51a||3:51a||2:51a||1:51a|
|Moon leaves umbra||-||-||-||6:24a||5:24a|
|Moon leaves penumbra||-||-||-||-||6:21a|