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Total Lunar Eclipse in Santa Barbara

Sky watchers in Santa Barbara will be treated to a lunar eclipse early Saturday. The earth will cast its shadow on the moon beginning at 4:45 a.m. and for almost an hour, the disk of the full moon will almost disappear, turning a dark, rusty red.

From our vantage point, the moon may seem larger than usual, since it will loom close to the western horizon, creating a common optical illusion and one of the prettiest lunar eclipses seen from Southern California in years.

There will not be a total lunar eclipse again until April 15, 2014 so it may be worth an early wake-up call.

2 Responses to “Total Lunar Eclipse in Santa Barbara”

  1. The Eclipse was beautiful! It was reddish and like someone had turned the lights way down low! You can see some awesome images at NASA!