The northwest will be in a good position tonight to view a significant eclipse of the Moon. Over half of the Full Moon will be covered by the shadow of the Earth.
Beginning at close to quarter after three in the morning, if the skies are clear, a curved shadow will start to form along the edge of the Moon. By just after 4:30 am over half of the Moon will be covered. An hour and a half later the show will be over.
Environment Canada suggests there is a slight chance of clear skies however those who have lived here for any length of time recognize these predictions are poor at the best of times. Below is direct from the weather site.Today: Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of showers. Becoming windy this afternoon. High 17. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this evening. Windy. Low 10.
Saturday: Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of showers. High 15.
This is a rather remarkable event to start the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Terrace. If you, or someone you know, works in emergency or social services, this might turn out to be a night to remember. Full Moon with an eclipse following the receipt of government issued cheques. Best of luck to all!
The attached photo's were taken by Robert Hoetink in Enschede, The Netherlands in August of 2008, and he writes, To be honest, it wasn't quiet as spectacular because it was only 81 %. The most exiting thing seen from The Netherlands was, that at moonrise he showed up above the horizon orange coloured, and 2 hours later it was orange again. From orange to orange; I would call these two combined photo's.
See more of his photography HERE