Lunar eclipse to occur tonight

Reaches peak at 10:26 p.m.
February 20, 2008 8:25:08 AM PST
Tonight's your last chance to see a total lunar eclipse for nearly three years -- if the weather cooperates. If skies are clear, the silvery full moon will slowly transform into a dusky red or orange as the eclipse reaches its peak at 10:26 p.m on the East Coast. Then it will slowly revert back to its normal hue by around midnight.

Skywatchers viewing the event through a telescope will also be able to see Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon. Unlike solar eclipses which require protective eyewear, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye.

Weather could be a spoiler for the total eclipse, however. Forecasters say there's a chance of snow from the heartland to the East Coast.

The next chance to see a total eclipse won't be until December 2010.


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