Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse

February 20, 2008 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone

The first lunar eclipse of 2008 is perfectly placed for observers throughout most of the Americas as well as western Europe. At the instant of greatest eclipse (03:26 UT) the Moon lies near the zenith for observers in French Guiana. The entire event is visible from South America and most of North America. Observers along North America’s west coast miss the early stages of the partial eclipse because it begins before moon rise. Alaskans in Anchorage and Fairbanks experience moonrise during totality but bright evening twilight will make it difficult for sourdoughs to view the event. Western Europe and northwest Africa also see the entire eclipse. Further to the east (east Africa and central Asia), the Moon sets before the eclipse ends. None of the eclipse is visible from eastern Asia or Australia.


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