The eclipse will last three hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, according to NASA. At the height of the eclipse, 98% of the moon will be covered by the earth’s shadow.
A faint coppery glow will envelop the moon and, combined with the yellow glow that will remain uncut, the celestial extravagance will create a “Japanese lantern effect”.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, it will be “a sight of striking beauty” to the naked eye. Those who peek through binoculars or a telescope will have an even bigger sight.
In Vancouver, the lunar eclipse will technically start at 10:02 p.m., but won’t be visible until around 11 p.m. tonight. It will reach its peak at 2:02 am on Friday morning.
The moon will leave the darkest part of the earth’s shadow, called the shadow, at 2:47 a.m., when the eclipse will no longer be visible from earth.
So, will you actually be able to see the eclipse from Vancouver? According to Environment Canada’s forecasts, this is looking good.
The light rain this afternoon will give way to partly cloudy skies around 10 p.m., and only a few clouds are expected to hover in the sky by 1 a.m.
If you choose a good night’s sleep over watching the moon, you will be unlucky for the rest of your life.
According to NASA, the next lunar eclipse will exceed the duration of tonight’s February 9, 2669.