Lunar Eclipse Expected Wednesday Morning, Will You Be Able To View The Penumbral Eclipse? (STREAM LIVE HERE)

Nov 27, 2012 01:30 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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A shadow is cast on the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen in 2011. (Photo : Reuters)

People who live in the western United States will be able to see a minor lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning but for those who don't there is no need to worry.

Many websites and TV stations will be broadcasting the eclipse starting a little after 9:15 a.m. This is around a half hour before the moon is expected to reach its fullest phase of the month.

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"The moon will dip through the outer edges of Earth's shadow on Wednesday in a minor lunar eclipse," said Eli MacKinnon of Life's Little Mysteries in a release about the event. "The so-called penumbral lunar eclipse, which is a relatively minor darkening of the moon, will be primarily visible from East Asia, Australia, Hawaii and Alaska, but die-hard observers in western United States and Canada will have the best observing chances at moonset early Wednesday morning."

The broadcast of the lunar eclipse will last around a half hour allowing people a little leeway to view the eclipse just in case they miss the beginning.

The eclipse isn't expected to be a total lunar eclipse however, which is when the moon passes "fully through the pitch-black core of Earth's shadow." Experts still feel that the lunar eclipse is worth watching as it isn't something you can look up in the sky and see every day.

The eclipse will begin around 7:15 a.m. in some parts around the world when the moon first "breaches the outer edges of Earth shadow, known to scientists as penumbra according to Space.com. This essentially means the eclipse is only noticeable without any viewing assistance after almost half of the moon has passed.

Locations along the west coast will have the best chance at seeing the eclipse, which will close around 92 percent of the moon's diameter by around 9:30 according to Space.com.   

 

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