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Total Lunar Eclipse to Be Visible on US West Coast

  • Associated Press

FILE - A lunar eclipse was visible in Washington, D.C., in the early hours of Oct. 8, 2014. (Dimitris Manis/VOA)

FILE - A lunar eclipse was visible in Washington, D.C., in the early hours of Oct. 8, 2014. (Dimitris Manis/VOA)

The heavens will provide a treat this weekend for those along North America's West Coast, but they won't have much time to catch it.

Weather permitting, sky gazers will be able to enjoy a total lunar eclipse in the pre-dawn hours Saturday.

Scientists expect totality — when the full moon is completely obscured by Earth's shadow — to last just several minutes, beginning at 4:58 a.m. PDT (11:58 a.m. UTC). Most of the eclipsed moon should appear reddish-orange.

The eclipse will be visible just before 2 a.m. in Hawaii and late Saturday night in Australia and parts of Asia.

In the U.S. Midwest, the moon will be close to setting and the sun rising around totality. The eastern half of North America will miss out on the total phase.

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