Tomorrow's Full Lunar Eclipse Last for 3 Years

So if you want to see it, head to the Pacific
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2011 12:11 PM CST
Tomorrow's Full Lunar Eclipse Last for 3 Years
In this Thursday June 16, 2011 file photo, the moon exhibits a deep orange glow as the Earth casts its shadow in a total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines, before dawn.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Set your alarm, because tomorrow's total lunar eclipse is one you don't want to miss—the next one won't happen for three years. If you're really serious about seeing the reddish moon, you'll also want to hightail it to North America's western coast, pronto. The entire eclipse will be visible there, starting around 4:45am PT tomorrow, reports National Geographic. The more westward you go the better, notes the AP, which reports that the Pacific, Australia, and parts of Asia are the prime viewing locations. The highlight—when the full moon is entirely blocked from direct sunlight, called totality—will last from 6:05am to 6:57am. (More space stories.)

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