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Jan. 17, 2019

UA Experts Available to Discuss Lunar Eclipse

TUCSON, Ariz. — Scientists at the University of Arizona can answer questions related to the lunar eclipse occurring in the night between Jan. 20 and 21. People in the U.S. will be treated to what is likely going to be this year's most exciting celestial event for stargazers, a total lunar eclipse that falls on the same night the moon is closest to Earth. Provided a clear sky, the eclipse will be visible in its entirety to anyone in North and South America. For an hour and two minutes, the Earth's shadow will completely swallow the moon, casting an eerie, red glow across its disk. The event will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

Eclipse timeline (MST):

  • 8:33 p.m.: Begin partial eclipse (ingress)
  • 9:41-10:43 p.m.: Total eclipse
  • 11:51 p.m.: Partial eclipse (egress) ends

Science contacts:
Adam Block
Steward Observatory

Steve Kortenkamp
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Shipherd Reed
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Glenn Schneider
Steward Observatory

Christian Veillet
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory

Media contact:
Daniel Stolte
UA Communications


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