The lunar eclipse will be widely visible from Canada, the United States, the Pacific Ocean, western Asia and Australia. In North America, only observers to the west of the Rockies will be able to witness the entire event. All phases of the eclipse will also be visible from Pacific Ocean islands, eastern Australia and New Zealand, while no portion of the eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa and western Asia.
An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow, and a total lunar eclipse occurs only when the moon is full. For more information about this and other eclipses, visit NASA’s site.
Lunar eclipses are completely safe to watch, and neither protective filters nor telescopes are required to watch them. You’ll be able to see the lunar eclipse with nothing more than the naked eye, but a standard pair of 7×35 or 7×50 binoculars binoculars (or better) will magnify your view of the event and make the red coloration brighter and easier to see. To photograph the lunar eclipse nicely, you’ll require a 400 mm or larger telephoto lens. If need equipment to see the lunar eclipse better or photograph it, check out Ritz Camera’s no sales & tax free shipping deals.
Ed and I will be out watching equipped with a telescope, camera and binoculars to cover all the bases. Clear skies and happy watching!
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