Singing the total eclipse of the (blood red) moon; NASA’s viewing guide

April 3, 2015

The U.S. Naval Observatory has a handy form you can fill out to find exactly when the eclipse will take place, no matter where in the country -- or the world -- you are. We checked the results for Denver. (For an explanation of "penumbra," "umbra" and "totality," check out the NASA graphic below.)

  • Moonrise: 7:57 p.m.
  • Moon enters penumbra: 2:59 a.m.
  • Moon enters umbra: 4:15 a.m.
  • Moon enters totality: 5:54 a.m.
  • Middle of eclipse: 6 a.m.
  • Moon leaves totality: 6:06 a.m.
  • Moonset: 6:46 a.m.

So, as you might have guessed, the timing isn't perfect for Colorado. Via NPR:

North Americans could get a glimpse of the Earth shadowing the moon (very) early Saturday — the third in a series of four lunar eclipses that began nearly a year ago. But only those on the West Coast, in the Pacific or Asia will have a chance at seeing the full show.

Here's a full chart from NASA that gives you the details:

Graphic: Total Lunar Eclipse of April 4, 2015, NASA