On the morning of January 31, 2018, a total lunar eclipse will grace the morning skies. This eclipse is perfect for those night owls or early birds. On the west coast, totality begins at 4:52 a.m. You’ll want to be outside a wee bit earlier to get your scopes acclimated and watch the moon disappear, otherwise you’ll just see a red blood moon, which is equally nifty. The full effect takes hours, on the Pacific Standard Time, it really begins at 2:51 a.m. when the moon enters the prenumbra and exits it at 8:08 a.m.
Whether you choose to stay up all night, wake up early to view the lunar eclipse, you’d better make a pot of coffee or tea, and dust off your binoculars and telescopes!