…at 8.22pm [BST]. That’s tonight’s lunar eclipse and totality will last for 100 minutes – until 10.02pm [BST]. But it’s not, as the Irish Times claims Ireland’s “first lunar eclipse for five years.” It is special however. It’s a central total lunar eclipse – the center point of Earth’s shadow will fall on the moon – which explains the unusually long duration.
It could be as spectacular as the 2007 total lunar eclipse, which Sammy Morse captured in the featured image above. Or it could be a wash-out like the 2008 one. Astronomy.ie have images from December 2010.
The Guardian’s Grrlscientist explains the science with a handful of videos.
Astronomy.ie also have details of watch locations and they’d like to see any photos. But you’ll have to wait for the Moon to rise above the horizon – some time after 9.00pm [BST].
Which is all partly an excuse to post, again, this terrific Warren Zevon track. Enjoy! “I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen…”