THUNDER BAY – Tech – A lunar eclipse will happen tonight. The shadow of the earth will cover the lunar surface.
The lunar event will be visible in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. On May 25 2013 there will be a lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America.
Watch the Lunar Eclipse Live
The celestial show is the first lunar eclipse in 2013 and will also be one of the fastest lunar eclipses of this century, lasting only 27 minutes. Observers in North America won’t even get the chance to watch the short-lived eclipse because it will only be visible from Eastern Europea, Africa, Asia, and Western Australia. Sky-watchers in those areas will be able to watch as the Earth’s shadow travels over the moon, eventually covering its northern half. Only a tiny sliver of the moon will enter the deepest part of Earth’s shadow, where it will get stained red from sunlight refracting through the Earth’s atmosphere.
The rest of the world can catch the action from the comfort of their computer desks thanks to Slooh’s telescope in Dubai. Slooh will have astronomer Lucie Green from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the U.K. on hand to discuss the event. The eclipse peak should occur around 1:07 p.m. PST/4:07 p.m. EST. Next month, an annular solar eclipse will be visible over Australia and the Pacific Ocean.