Find out when the next lunar eclipse will be visible in Kansas and how to best view it.
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A lunar eclipse can be visible from anywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the moon is above the horizon. Eclipse visibility maps show when, where, and how to see lunar eclipses. All eclipses 1900 — 2199 CE (1900 AD to 2199 AD) can be found in Chapter 25 of The Astronomical Almanac, published by the U.S. Naval Observatory and Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office.
The next lunar eclipse will take place on January 10-11, 2020 and will be visible in its entirety over North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and Oceania. In the United States, the eclipse will begin on Sunday night, January 10th for viewers on the West Coast (including Alaska and Hawaii), with the moon already partially eclipsed as it rises above the horizon around 5:33 PM PST. For those in the Midwest and East Coast (including Kansas), the moon will begin to enter Earth’s shadow at 6:34 PM EST on January 10th
What is a Lunar Eclipse?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. This can happen only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned (in “syzygy”) with the Earth in the middle. A lunar eclipse can occur only on the night of a full moon.
Types of Lunar Eclipses
There are three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.
A total eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon line up perfectly, with the moon in the middle. Earth’s shadow completely blocks the sunlight that normally reflects off the moon. The totally eclipsed moon can take on a reddish hue because of all the sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere.
during a partial eclipse, only part of Earth’s shadow covers the moon. And during a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through Earth’s outer shadow, or penumbra.
When is the next Lunar Eclipse?
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on May 26, 2021. The umbral phase of this eclipse will begin at 20:11:30 UT1 and end at 21:23:29 UT1. This particular eclipse will be visible over North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in such a way that the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon. During a total eclipse, the Moon will appear to turn red as it is illuminated by the light that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.
How to View the Lunar Eclipse
On January 31, lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and Australia. If you want to see the lunar eclipse, you don’t need any special equipment. Just head outside and look up! The eclipse will begin at 2:48 AM EST and end at 5:52 AM EST.
Find a good location
As with a solar eclipse, you’ll want to find a safe location with a clear view of the sky. A Lunar eclipse can be seen from anywhere on the night side of the Earth, so long as it’s not cloudy. Avoiding light pollution is also a good idea.
If you live in North America, the eclipse will already be underway when the moon rises in the east at around moonset in the west. The total eclipse will happen in the middle of the night, so make sure you’re prepared for nighttime viewing conditions. Use binoculars or a telescope to get a better view, and dress warmly!
Find out more about where and when to view the lunar eclipse here: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/kansas-city
Use proper eye protection
The only way to safely look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.
To find out if your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for filter materials for direct viewing of the Sun’s bright face, look for labels that say they meet the standard. Some manufacturers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers may print this information on their products, and online retailers such as Amazon.com and EclipseGlasses.com frequently list this information in their product descriptions. You also can contact the manufacturer directly.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from Kansas will occur on May 26, 2021. Totality will last for 14 minutes and 53 seconds. The entire eclipse, from beginning to end, will last for 3 hours and 38 minutes.