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How to View the First Lunar Eclipse of the Year in Southern California


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The first total lunar eclipse of the year is nearing and you will be able to view it in Southern California!

The moon will enter the darkest part of earth's shadow (called the umbra) creating the total lunar eclipse. It will happen overnight on May 15 through May 16.

This will be the first total lunar eclipse since May 2021.

While timing may depend on when you gaze at the sky, NASA recommends that you start looking towards the sky around 7:15 PST.

The total lunar eclipse will last for about an hour-and-a-half before the moon begins to emerge from the central shadow.

NASA says that while you don't need special equipment to view the total lunar eclipse, a pair of binoculars or a telescope will "enhance the view and the red color".

The second lunar eclipse of the year won't happen until November.

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