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A partial lunar eclipse will be viewable on March 23

Will Gleason

There’s a reason Bonnie Tyler didn’t call it a Penumbral Eclipse of the Heart.

A partial lunar eclipse is undeniably less exciting than a full one, but American stargazers will just have to make do. While the next total lunar eclipse won’t take place until January 2018, a penumbral lunar eclipse is heading our way early in the morning on March 23. 

The eclipse will be most visible on the West Coast, as the moment of “greatest eclipse” will happen at 4:47 PDT. At that time, 77% of the moon’s diameter will be covered by the penumbra of Earth’s shadow. 

However, the eclipse will begin at 5:39 EST. The sunrise in New York will take place at 6:54 that morning so that gives early-risers almost an hour to try to get a partial glimpse of the partial eclipse. 

The moon will be passing through the northern penumbra so be on the lookout for some slight shading on its southern half.

And if you can’t see the moon in the early-morning sky, a good idea would probably be to tuuurn around.

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