Total Lunar Eclipse Coming January 20

Photo: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

You'll be able to see a total lunar eclipse on January 20th. That's when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. It's safe to look at unlike a solar eclipse.

The eclipse starts at 7:33 p.m.. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 62 minutes, beginning at 8:41 p.m.. The point of the greatest eclipse will occur at 9:12 p.m.. The eclipse ends at 9:43 p.m.. The eclipsed moon will be 43 degrees above the southeastern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 10:50 p.m.. 

OMSI will host the lunar eclipse viewing on Sunday evening, January 20. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 7:00 p.m. at OMSI Front Plaza. The Rose City Astronomers, and OMSI will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the winter night sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check the OMSI web site for possible weather-related cancellations.

How to watch a total lunar eclipse