"A Lunar Eclipse Alert! and; A Journey to a Place Where Stars are Born"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Jan 17-23

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This Thursday night the Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon will pass through Earth's shadow, forming a Total Lunar Eclipse visible from all of North America (weather permitting)!  During the darker umbral phase, the Moon will turn a beautiful, dark orange-red, which shouldn't be missed!  Below are key event times for the primary North American time zones:

Total Lunar Eclipse — Night of 2000 Jan 20*

Event Pacific (PST) Mountain (MST) Central (CST) Eastern (EST) Atlantic (AST)
Moon enters penumbra 6:03 pm 7:03 pm 8:03 pm 9:03 pm 10:03 pm
Moon enters umbra 7:01 pm 8:01 pm 9:01 pm 10:01 pm 11:01 pm
Totality begins 8:05 pm 9:05 pm 10:05 pm 11:05 pm 12:05 am
Mid-eclipse 8:44 pm 9:44 pm 10:44 pm 11:44 pm 12:44 am
Totality ends 9:22 pm 10:22 pm 11:22 pm 12:22 am 1:22 am
Moon exits umbra 10:25 pm 11:25 pm 12:25 am 1:25 am 2:25 am
Moon exits penumbra 11:24 am 12:24 am 1:24 am 2:24 am 3:24 am

*Times shown after midnight are the morning of 2000 Jan 21.

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Also, Orion the Hunter is visible in the southeast sky about an hour after Sunset during late January.
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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The middle of the "Sword Stars" is actually the Orion Nebula — a stellar "nursery" 30 light-years across — visible in even small binoculars!

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.


Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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