Early Risers To Be Treated to Total Lunar Eclipse

Heavenly show will also be broadcast live online and via an Android app.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Dec 9, 2011  |  Updated 3:46 PM PDT
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Early Risers Get Lunar Eclipse Treat

Gregory Theus

A lunar eclipse seen with an exposure of over 17 minutes. Saturday morning, early risers will be treated to another heavenly show.

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On Saturday morning the heavens will put on one of the year's best shows and no ticket is required.

Starting at 3:33 a.m. and lasting until dawn, the Earth will cast its shadow across the moon in a total lunar eclipse.

A red shadow will begin to cross the moon at about 4:45 a.m. and by 6:05 a.m. the moon will go completely red, according to NASA.

The celestial display is expected to be visible from the West Coast and with warmer nights expected -- lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s -- those who wake up will be treated to a show.

The moon is scheduled to set below the western horizon soon after 7 a.m., shortly before the sun
rises.

For those who want a little explanation to go along with the show, they can head down to the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland where astronomers will be on hand to share information about eclipses and facts about the moon.

The show will also be broadcast online and on an app for Android phones.

Slooh, the online Space Camera, will broadcast a free, real-time feed of the eclipse from telescopes in Australia, Asia and Hawaii.

And Slooh also has an Android App available for download in the Android Market.

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