Lunar Eclipse Visible on Central Coast Saturday Morning | Environment
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The last total lunar eclipse of the year is Saturday. And there won't be another one for three years.
Viewers in the western half of the United States will have the best views Saturday in the hours before dawn, the farther west the better.
On the Central Coast the eclipse will begin around 4:40 a.m. Saturday and will reach totality around 6 a.m. Totality will last 50 minutes, until shortly before moonset.
The National Weather Service is predicting clear skies in the early hours of Saturday.
The observatory deck at Chabot Space and Science Center in the Oakland Hills will be open from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. for free eclipse watching.
The scene from the Pacific -- Australia and parts of Asia -- will be prime. The action will be unfolding there Saturday night, local time.
This is the second total lunar eclipse this year, when the entire moon is in Earth's darkest shadow and will appear red. The first was in June. That's it now until 2014. Until then, stargazers will have to settle for partial eclipses.